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Gaming machine entitlements
Venue operators may only operate gaming machines if they hold gaming machines entitlements.
Entitlements must be attached to a venue approved by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) for the number of machines the venue operator intends to operate.
Up to 27,372 gaming machine entitlements can be made available to venue operators. Each entitlement authorises venue operators to operate one gaming machine until 16 August 2022.
The Gaming machine entitlements information sheet (PDF, 403KB) provides an overview for entitlement holders about district limits, the use it or lose it rule, tax, to name a few. In addition, there is also information for those who wish to amend entitlement conditions (PDF, 349KB).
Information to amend application
Entitlement holders can apply to the VCGLR to amend the geographic area or venue conditions relevant to their entitlement. To request an amendment to an entitlement, the entitlement holder must complete the application form, Gaming machine entitlements - amendment of a geographic area/venue condition (PDF, 305KB).
How to transfer entitlements
Venue operators can apply to the VCGLR to transfer ownership of entitlements via the VCGLR online services portal. Both parties to the proposed transfer must be currently approved as venue operators. For more information, please download the Transfer of gaming machine entitlements information sheet (PDF, 353KB)
There are two ways to transfer entitlements, either:
- on payment to the VCGLR of the outstanding balance owing for the entitlements, or
- the buyer takes up the deferred repayments for the entitlements by a deed of assumption.
Entitlement transfer market
Venue operators have the option to trade entitlements by logging into the entitlement transfer market.
- the transfer of gaming machine entitlements to another venue operator
- to lodge expressions of interest to buy or sell entitlements
- to access details of gaming machine entitlements held
- to lodge an application to amend the conditions of entitlements held
- to request updates to contact details
- to request a change to the password.
To access the entitlement transfer market, you will need your username and password.
Gaming entitlements register
View gaming machine entitlement databases:
- Entitlements register (view by licensee or by region)
- Entitlements transfer register
- EOI - Gaming entitlements for sale
- EOI - Gaming entitlements wanted.
On 22 July 2015, the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation set the Gaming Machine Entitlement Allocation and Transfer Rules. These Rules allow venue operators to transfer ownership of gaming machine entitlements on deferred payment terms. More information is available in the Deferred payment terms for transferred entitlements - June 2012 (PDF, 553KB) information sheet.
As a venue operator who holds gaming machine entitlements, it is important to be aware of the circumstances that can lead to forfeiture of an entitlement to the State. More information is available in the Forfeiture of gaming machine entitlements - April 2012 (PDF, 33KB) information sheet.
On 9 June 2016, the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation set the rules for Allocation of Gaming Machine Entitlements Forfeited to the State. These rules outline the process for venue operators to bid for entitlements advertised for allocation and how bids will be considered and entitlements allocated.
- Group A: Hotel gaming machine entitlement number 9166 with the geographic area condition Wodonga Rural City. The Minister has set the reserve price at $72,000.
Successful Bid $80,000
Unsuccessful Bid $73,000
- Group B: Club gaming machine entitlements numbered 22207, 22209, 22210, 22211, 22212, 24322 and 24333 with the geographic area condition Brimbank City (Capped Region 4). The Minister has set the reserve price at $35,000.
Successful Bid $40,000
Unsuccessful Bid Nil