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Welcome to Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA)
Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) is the national association that leads and represents the interests of the 35,000 restaurants and catering businesses across Australia. In addition to actively pursuing national issues and projects of relevance to its members (such as workplace relations), R&CA is committed to ensuring that the industry is recognised as one of excellence, professionalism, profitability and sustainability within its broader social and economic contribution.  This includes promoting and advocating the value of the restaurant experience to the public.

In order to achieve these goals, R&CA proactively campaigns and lobbies all levels of Government to ensure that the views of our members are heard in the public domain.

View R&CA's new Your Industry Advocate document, which provides a summary of the key policies the association has advocated to government over the past 12-24 months, its successes, and areas of future focus.

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New Process for SA Event Liquor licenses Good for Tourism & Hospitality

A simplified liquor licence application process for stallholders participating in South Australian festivals will significantly reduce red tape and costs for organisers and participants, according to peak industry association, Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA).

R&CA CEO John Hart says the decision to allow one single liquor licence application to be lodged for events listing all stallholders rather than requiring individual stallholders to complete separate applications makes good sense and will benefit the state’s $5 billion tourism and hospitality industry.

Click HERE to read the media release in full

NSW Wine List of the Year Awards Winners Announced

New South Wales’ restaurants that have excelled in the provision of wine service and list development have been recognised, as part of the New South Wales Wine List Awards.

For the first time Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) has partnered with the NSW Wine Industry Association to deliver the New South Wales Wine List Awards, which were created in 1996.

The winning restaurateurs, which were announced in Sydney, include:

•    Best METROPOLITAN Wine List Featuring NSW Wines – Wine Odyssey Australia, The Rocks
•    Best REGIONAL Wine List Featuring NSW Wines – Reserve Wine Bar, Newcastle
•    Fine Dining Restaurant Wine List - Comprehensive - Eschalot, Berrima
•    Informal Dining Restaurant Wine List – Comprehensive - Wine Odyssey Australia, The Rocks
•    Informal Dining Restaurant Wine List – Limited  –Cammeray Craft, Cammeray
•    Restaurant in a Hotel / Motel / Resort Wine List – Glass Brasserie (Hilton Sydney), Sydney
•    Restaurant in a Pub / Club / Tavern Wine List – Imperial Hotel, Paddington

Click HERE to read the media release in full

National Awards for Excellence Puts Victoria on Your Table

The best restaurateurs, caterers and cafe operators in the country were announced at the night of nights in Melbourne yesterday evening.

The Savour AustraliaTM Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence came to a pinnacle at the Peninsula Docklands from 6:30pm.

Guests mingled over drinks and canapés, before the ceremony kicked off about 7pm.

The major awards were picked up by the below:
  • Customs House in Brisbane won the Caterer of the Year;
  • Quay at The Rocks took out the Restaurant of the Year;
  • Adelaide Oval was honored with the George Mure Memorial Professional Development Award;
  • Compass Group in Sydney Town Hall was awarded with the Green Table Award for Excellence in Environmental Sustainability;
  • Ricardo’s Cafe in Macquarie won the Innovative Workplace Training Award.

Click HERE to read the full media release

United Voice Restaurant Award Penalty Rates Appeal Rejected

Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA), the peak national organisation representing the interests of Australia’s 35,000 restaurateurs, caterers and cafe operators, is pleased the Federal Court has rejected the United Voice’s appeal under the Restaurant Industry Award.

Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) CEO John Hart says the decision will provide labour cost relief with more hospitality businesses able to remain open or re-open on a Sunday.

“This is a win for operators, staff and consumers with restaurants and cafes now inclined to open their doors on a Sunday,” Mr Hart said.

Click Here to Read the Full Media Release

Digital Business Kit: 5 EPISODES NOW AVAILABLE

Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) has released its Digital Business Kit to help up-skill the hospitality industry to effectively engage in the digital world and increase trade.

The Federal Government awarded Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) $500,000 over four years to create the kit, which includes the below five TV episodes:

1)    Broadband Technology
2)    Teleworking
3)    Increasing Customer Spend
4)    Business to Business
5)    Video Conferencing

Watch the TRAILER of the Restaurant & Catering Australia Digital Business Kit.

All five episodes to inspire you to gain a digital advantage over your competitors can now be found HERE

Read the full media release HERE

Discover how we can connect you with the right apprentices and staff, whilst providing dedicated support throughout the Skills Pathways Project at discoverhospitality.com

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