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Information about the process for gaming machine applications, including how to make a submission on an application.
Applicants must lodge their application using the relevant form below. Applicants should read the instructions on the form closely, and contact the VCGLR with any questions.
An application will be approved only if it meets the requirements of the Gaming Regulation Act 2003. Most importantly, the Commission cannot approve an application if the proposal would have a negative impact on the community. For more information, see Key factors in deciding gaming machine applications fact sheet (PDF, 279.68 KB).
Applications to decrease the number of gaming machines allowed at a premises are not subject to the same requirements—this change will be made automatically when a licence holder submits the form attached above.
A list of pending applications, including all the documents submitted by the applicant, is available at Forthcoming inquiries and hearings. The Commission will usually hold a hearing before deciding whether to grant the application.
The Council where the premises are located has the right to make a submission to the Commission on the proposal. The Council should make their submission using the Economic and social impact submission form (PDF, 896.74 KB).
Councils should read the instructions on the form closely, and contact the VCGLR with any questions. The Information for councils fact sheet (DOCX, 230.67 KB) also provides answers to some commonly asked questions.
Anyone with an interest in an application can make a submission to the VCGLR. The VCGLR recommends third parties make their submission via the local Council. However, if a third party would like to make a separate submission regarding the impact of a proposal on the community, this can be done at Forthcoming inquiries and hearings. When making your submission, keep in mind that the Commission must assess the impact of the specific proposal, not the impact of gambling in general.
The VCGLR publishes the outcome of every application, including a document outlining the reasons for the decision. Previous decisions can be found at Matters determined.