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.

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.

Duties & Tasks of a Bar Attendant

Bar attendants:

  • serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • draw beer from the tap or pour from bottles
  • mix ingredients to make cocktails and slice fruit to garnish drinks
  • prepare and serve a variety of coffees
  • collect payment, operate cash registers and give change
  • refill drink and cigarette dispensers
  • collect glasses from tables and place them in glass-washing machines
  • wipe down tables and empty ashtrays
  • clean bar service area and polish glasses
  • arrange bottles and glasses on shelves
  • assist in the cellar
  • assist in stock control
  • maintain workplace hygiene, occupational health and safety, and security procedures.

Working conditions for a Bar Attendant

Bar attendants work in venues that are often busy and noisy. They may have to deal with difficult customers who may be under the influence of alcohol. They usually work shifts, including weekends, evenings and public holidays. Uniforms may be supplied by employers. Bar attendants must be at least 18 years of age, although some training providers give exemptions for the purpose of training.

Employment Opportunities for a Bar Attendant

Bar attendants work in hotels, bars, restaurants, cafés, clubs, recreation and convention centres and other licensed entertainment venues. As turnover is relatively high, there is generally a constant demand to replace those leaving the job. Bar attendants who have undertaken training or are experienced are highly regarded by employers. In larger establishments, bar attendants with experience and qualifications may progress to supervisory or management positions.


Bar Manager

A bar manager oversees and manages the entire operation of a bar, from the purchase and pricing of beverages, to hiring and training staff, maintaining records of stock levels and financial transactions, and making sure staff follow liquor laws and regulations.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 2%

NSW 37.5%

NT 0.7%

QLD 21.6%

SA 6.2%

TAS 1.9%

VIC 20.3%

WA 9.8%

Hours worked:



Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 41%

Female 59%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 2%

Not completed Year 12: 11.7%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 45.7%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 14.6%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 8.5%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 11.1%

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

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

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

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