On 30 November 2017 the Victorian Parliament passed the Gambling Regulation Amendment (Gaming Machine Arrangements) Act 2017 (2017 Amending Act) which amended the Gambling Regulation Act 2003.
The 2017 Amending Act means 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 and to make the necessary arrangements to ensure they remain compliant.
Below is a summary of the relevant changes.
Further details on how the changes will come into effect will be published on the VCGLR website as it becomes available.
The Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation’s Second Reading speech to parliament also contains a summary of the changes contained in the Act.
Please also note that there are further amendments to the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 current before Parliament (the Gambling Legislation Amendment Bill 2017). If this Bill is passed, it will result in further changes to the Act, including changes regarding advertisement of gambling products. Further information will be published on this page regarding as the Bill progresses through Parliament.
A number of these changes came into effect on 20 December 2017. These relate to
From 22 January 2018, the limit on the maximum number of entitlements that can be held by a club venue operator increased from 420 to 840.
Further information is available via the links below.
Ministerial directions will be required for a number of these changes to be implemented. These will provide further details about how arrangements will operate and more information will be published on the VCGLR website as it is available.
The majority of changes in the 2017 Amending Act relate to gaming venues so will impact on gaming venue operators and those working at gaming venues.
The changes regarding Codes and SEPs will also affect any person that is currently required to implement Codes and SEPs, including the wagering and betting licensee, registered bookmakers and the keno licensee.