IMPORTANT NOTICE: A Declared State of Disaster is currently in place across Victoria. For more information, see: COVID-19 information for licensees
The Victorian Parliament has passed legislation that amends the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 (the Act).
The amending legislation includes:
These amendments mean a number of changes for gaming venue operators.
It is the responsibility of venue operators and licensed staff to ensure they understand their obligations under the Act and to make the necessary arrangements to ensure they remain compliant.
Below is a summary of the relevant changes. For more information read the Fact Sheet (PDF, 305.36 KB) and Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 348.38 KB).
The Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation’s Second Reading speeches to parliament also contain a summary of the changes contained in the:
From 20 December 2017
From 22 January 2018
From 19 September 2018
From 9 May 2018, wagering service providers must not publish static betting advertising in the places at which it is prohibited. This is:
The prohibition will not apply to any static betting advertising published under a contract or agreement entered into before 17 September 2017 for a period of two years. This provides reasonable time for wagering service providers to conclude existing contracts for the publication of static betting advertising.
From 18 July 2018, loyalty scheme providers will only be required to issue annual player activity statements to persons who have played a gaming machine under a loyalty scheme during the statement period (active participants).
Loyalty scheme providers are not required to issue activity statements to persons who have not played a gaming machine under a loyalty scheme during the statement period (non-active participants), unless a statement is requested by the non-active participant. If such a request is received, a loyalty scheme provider must provide a statement free of charge for the first request, and may charge a fee not exceeding $20, for any subsequent requests for an additional copy of that statement.
Active participants who have elected to collect their activity statements from a gaming venue must do so within one month on which notice of the availability of the statement is sent. If they fail to collect the statement within this period, a loyalty scheme provider must suspend the player from the loyalty scheme until collection has occurred or the participant is removed from the scheme.
Note: this amendment was introduced by the passing of the Liquor and Gambling Legislation Amendment Act 2018 on 5 June 2018.
From 20 December 2017, EGM winnings worth $2000 or more must be paid out via cheque or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).
EGM winnings of $2000 or more paid via EFT must not be able to be accessed by the patron for 24 hours. If that is not possible, then payment must be made via cheque.
The Fact Sheet contains details of when each provision comes into effect.
All changes are now in effect.
The Ministerial direction regarding Responsible Gambling Codes of Conduct and Self-Exclusion Programs is available here.
The LGLA Act amends the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (LCR Act), which will mean a number of changes for liquor licensees. More information about these changes is available here.