Venue operators may only operate gaming machines if they hold gaming machines entitlements. This page outlines the process of amending the conditions, transferring, the entitlements register and the Ministerial Determination and rules.
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 operates.
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 content on this page is currently being reviewed following the Victorian Government’s recent announcement regarding the allocation of new gaming machine entitlements in Victoria from 2022. The most up-to-date information on entitlements post 2022 is available at the Department of Justice and Regulation's website.
The Gambling fact sheet - Gaming Machine Entitlements (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 Gambling fact sheet - Amendment of gaming machine entitlement conditions (PDF, 349KB).
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).
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 Gambling fact sheet - Transfer of a Gaming Machine Entitlements (PDF, 353KB).
There are two ways to transfer entitlements, either:
View gaming machine entitlement databases:
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. For more information, see the Deferred payment terms for transferred entitlements - June 2012 (PDF, 553KB) fact 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. For more information, see the Forfeiture of gaming machine entitlements - April 2012 (PDF, 33KB) fact 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.
Only current venue operator licensees are eligible to bid for the gaming machine entitlements.
The entitlements being offered for allocation are:
Note: Only Club venue operator licensees can bid for the Group B entitlements.
Venue operators may only operate gaming machines if they hold gaming machines entitlements.