On 30 November 2017 and 6 March 2018, the Victorian Parliament passed the Gambling Regulation Amendment (Gaming Machine Arrangements) Act 2017 (GMA Act) and the Gambling Legislation Amendment Act 2018 (GLA Act) respectively.
These Acts amend the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 (the Act) which 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, 337.24 KB)and Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 460.68 KB).
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 speeches to parliament also contains a summary of the changes contained in the GMA Act and GLA Act.
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.
As of 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.
The Fact Sheet contains details of when each provision comes into effect.
Some are already in effect and all changes will be in effect by 19 September 2018.
Ministerial directions will be required for a number of these changes to be implemented. These will provide further details about how arrangements will operate.
More information will be published on the VCGLR website as it becomes available.