The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) represents employers in the hotel and liquor industry and is federally registered under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009.
Representing the hotel industry in Australia since 1893, the AHA has more than 5000 members, or employers, throughout the country and has a branch in every state and territory, including its head office in Canberra.
Essentially, each of these branches operates autonomously, but in line with the national association, with each having its own committee that is elected by members.
These branches also provide a host of information on industry standards and information, events, current issues facing the industry as well as training courses relating to hotel and liquor industry. Training courses may differ depending on the state or territory, but can include: Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG) Responsible Management of Licensed Venues (RMLV) First Aid Food Safety Supervisor Food Hygiene Cert II, III & IV in Hospitality Operations OH&S Consultation Legal and Industrial Seminars Work Health and Safety Seminars The AHA represents its members, or employers, at all levels of government with regards to issues pertaining to the industry. Current issues that are being addressed include gambling, gambling and health, workplace regulations and employment issues.
The AHA also aims to highlight the importance of the hotel and liquor industry in Australia, and even commissioned a study in 2009 into the significance of the hotel industry in Australia and its impact on the local and national economy.
Additionally, every year the Australian Hotels Association’s National Awards for Excellence takes place to recognise and applaud excellence within the hotel and liquor industry, and competition is tough.
The AHA’s accommodation hotel members are serviced by Tourism Accommodation Australia – a division of members within the AHA.