Hospitality & Tourism
Club managers run the operations of licensed clubs to provide food, beverages, gaming, entertainment, and sporting amenities for members.
Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent
What does a Club Manager do?
Club managers organise and control the operations of licensed clubs to provide food, beverages, gaming, entertainment, sporting and other amenities for members.
As a club manager, you would typically:
- plan and supervise bar, restaurant and function services
- plan, book and supervise sporting, gaming and entertainment activities
- oversee security arrangements and property maintenance
- arrange member subscriptions
- observe liquor, gaming, health and other laws and regulations
- ensure compliance with occupational health and safety regulations.
Key skills and interests
To become a club manager, you would need:
- to be friendly, helpful and patient
- to enjoy working with people
- the ability to manage staff
- good communication and organisational skills
- good business and organisational skills
- to act in a professional manner at all times.
Working hours and conditions
As clubs are often open extended hours, your working week could include early mornings, evenings, weekends and public holidays. You may also need to be available for special events, such as conferences or weddings.
You would be office-based, but would also spend time around the club, talking to staff and customers, and keeping in touch with the way the club is running.
You may also need to hold a liquor licence, a Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate, and to undergo a National Police Check.
How to become an Club Manager?
Entry Level Education
You can work as a club manager without formal qualifications. Skills are usually developed through on-the-job training or in-house courses following recruitment by a company and advancement to supervisory and management positions.
Your employment prospects may be improved if you have a degree in business or management. To get into a degree course at university, you usually have to have your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent.
Employment of club managers is under some pressure following changes to liquor licensing laws in recent years.
The opening of many more small bars and other drinking establishments has provided alternative venues other than clubs for people to socialise, which has had an impact on club attendance and revenues.