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Alterations to gaming machine areas

This page sets out what is required when a gaming venue operator wishes to change the layout of their gaming machine area (GMA). This is often referred to in the gaming industry as the “area within the green line”.

Section 3.3 of the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 (the Act) says:

Modification of gaming areas

  1. A venue operator must not modify a gaming machine area in an approved venue without the approval of the Commission. Penalty: 100 penalty units.
  2. An application for approval must be accompanied by the prescribed fee.
  3. The Commission may grant, with or without conditions, or refuse to grant an application for approval of modification of a gaming machine area having regard to—

(a) the size, layout and facilities of the approved venue; and
(b) any other matter that the Commission considers relevant.

    What doesn't need prior approval

    The  VCGLR has determined that, for the purposes of section 3.3.16 of the Act, some low risk alterations do not require prior approval. The following list specifies those types of alterations that are not considered to be a GMA Modification for the purposes of section 3.3.16 of the Act, and consequently may be carried out by a venue operator without prior approval from the VCGLR:

    • Any configurational change to the gaming machine layout as long as there is not an increase or decrease in the number of gaming machines and the gaming machines remain sequentially  numbered.
    • Any installation of a facility such as a Keno or wagering terminal. (Note that, where a Keno or wagering terminal is provided inside a GMA, there must be an operator terminal for sales and redemption outside the GMA, to ensure that Keno players and punters are not required to enter the gaming room to redeem a winning ticket).
    • Any GMA refurbishments (e.g. new paint, carpet, etc.) that do not involve changes to the size and / or facilities of the GMA.
    • Any installation or removal of jackpot signage, coin denomination signage, poster boxes or end of bank signage.
    What does need approval

    Any types of alterations that are not on listed above require approval. This includes multiple alterations that include any changes not listed here. In such cases, all alterations should be indicated on the application for approval. For example, this includes, but is not limited to:

    • any changes to the perimeter of the GMA (e.g. entry points, windows, walls, smoking areas, etc.)
    • any increase or decrease in the size of the GMA
    • any changes to venue facilities immediately adjacent or connected to the GMA (e.g. entry foyers, toilets that are shared with another part of the venue, etc.)
    • changes to cashier facilities.

    Venue operators are reminded that any installation of a facility such as a Keno or wagering terminal where no alternate selling or redemption facility exists outside of the GMA is in breach of regulations.

    All applications for prior approval should use the Online gambling services portal.

    Gaming venue operators need to note that GMA layout and facilities are subject to regulation, even if you do not get prior approval. This means that, even if prior approval is not required, a gaming venue must ensure that GMA alterations are compliant with the Act and all relevant regulations and standards. The relevant regulations are:

    Visit the online gambling portal to modify a gaming machine area

    Page last modified 
    15 November 2018