How to become a Bar Attendant

Bar attendants prepare and mix drinks, serving customers in hotels, bars, cafes, restaurants, clubs and other licensed entertainment venues.

Personal requirements of a Bar Attendant

  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good memory
  • Able to work quickly and efficiently
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Good personal presentation
  • Good cash-handling skills
  • Able to stand for long periods

Education & Training for a Bar Attendant

You can work as a bar attendant without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You can also become a bar attendant through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.5%

NSW 37.3%

NT 0.7%

QLD 14.2%

SA 4.4%

TAS 2.4%

VIC 26.6%

WA 13%

Hours worked:



above average

Gender split:

Male 49.4%

Female 50.5%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 2.9%

Not completed Year 12: 14.1%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 53%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 14.4%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 4.1%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 9.7%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 1.8%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 78.3%

Above 35 years: 21.8%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
To serve, sell or offer liquor, you must obtain a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificate. RSA courses are widely offered by TAFE institutes and Registered Training Organisations.
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