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The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) is the independent statutory authority that regulates Victoria's gambling and liquor industries.

Our vision is that Victorians and visitors enjoy safe and responsible gambling and liquor environments.
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Welcome to the Media Centre for the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).

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Media enquiries

All media enquiries should be made to the Strategic Communications unit.

Media FAQ's

Can I film inside a gaming venue?

Filmmakers and the media wishing to film or take photographs within a gaming venue are not required to apply to the VCGLR for approval. However, they need to be mindful that whatever is produced does not contravene Gambling Regulation Act 2003(the Act). Additionally, approval from the venue or machine owner may need to be obtained.

Additional information about the law is available below and has been summarised in general statements. This information should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional legal advice or reference to the actual legislation.

Under section 3.5.34 of the Act, the publication of gaming machine advertising outside the gaming machine area of an approved venue or the boundaries of a casino is prohibited. To do so is committing a criminal offence that can incur fines of up to 120 penalty units.

'Gaming Machine Advertising' is defined in the Act as 'any form of advertising that promotes or is intended to promote the playing of gaming machines'.  'Publish' is defined as including dissemination in any way, whether by oral, visual, written or other means. This includes cinema, video, radio, electronics, the Internet or television or by means of promotional material such as club journals, brochures or flyers.

The word 'advertising' is not defined in the Act, however, the primary meaning of 'advertise' in the Shorter Oxford Dictionary is 'draw attention to or describe favourably (goods or services) in a public medium to promote sales'.

It is possible that films or media reports could be categorised as gaming machine advertising if the footage is viewed as 'product placement', particularly, if money was accepted from a gaming industry participant in exchange for product placement.

If footage of the gaming machines is incidental and included in the film as part of the setting, and there is no evidence that a particular venue or operator was using the film as a method to promote its business, then advertising provisions would likely not be breached.

Media releases

2019

VCGLR's Ararat hub making its mark

VCGLR's Sale hub making its mark

VCGLR closes karaoke bar for 24 hours

Liquor licence renewal process moving to digital 

VCGLR supporting Geelong wine producers

Spring Sports Blitz

Media reports relating to AFL Sports Controlling Body

Prosecution of unlicensed venue in Melbourne's eastern suburbs

VCGLR update on the re-examination of issues relating to Crown

VCGLR probity investigation into Melco purchase of Crown

Re-examination of issues relating to Crown

VCGLR and Crown Melbourne

Media reports of Melbourne Casino junket operators

Consolidated Press Holdings Pty Ltd sale of Crown Resorts shares to Melco

Regulator bans plastic picks at Melbourne Casino

2018

Regulator bans liquor advertisements

Stronger focus on preventing alcohol harm for minors

Liquor and Gambling inspectors start work in Eastern Victoria

2017

Apply now for White Night (City of Melbourne) 

Apply now for White Night (Ballarat) 

Online forms making VCGLR applications easier

New website for VCGLR to build on digital strategy

Serve safe this Australia Day 

2016

New Years Eve operations 2016 

Commissioners inspect and hear from Ararat venues

Knox venues sign shared liquor accord 

2015

Sunshine CBD added to the list of designated areas in Victoria 

Footscray designated area order extended 

VCGLR on the road to Wangaratta

CEO appointment for Victoria’s gambling and liquor regulator 

Colac CBD designated area order extended - 25 June 2015 

Mornington CBD and surrounds designated area order extended - 21 May 2015

Mildura CBD designated area order extended 

Dry polls stop for Boroondara restaurant and cafe licences 

2014

VCGLR on the road to Stonnington - 18 July 2014 

Preventing liquor breaches pays off - 25 June 2014

Bendigo information day a success - 25 June 2014 

VCGLR on the road to Bendigo - 16 June 2014

Australasian Casino and Gaming Regulators Conference kicks off in Melbourne - 4 June 2014

Survey shows regulator on the right track - 30 May 2014 

VCGLR successful prosecution: Betezy - 23 May 2014

Mildura CBD designated area extended - 19 May 2014

The Hawthorn licensee issued banning notice for Mother's Day promotion - 9 May 2014 

New Advanced Responsible Service of Alcohol training course - 6 May 2014

Announcement from CEO 

Mordialloc licensee issued banning notice for offensive promotion - 20 January 2014 

Information just a click away with launch of new map - 14 January 2014

2013

Cutting red tape for live music venues - 20 November 2013 

Rogue liquor licensee restrained - 2 November 2013 

Spring Racing Carnival licensees do the right thing - 31 October 2013

New Year's Eve trading hours extended - 25 October 2013 

Transformation of liquor and gambling regulator - 15 October 2013Fact Sheet - Annual Report 2012-13

Be a good sport on Grand Final weekend - 27 September 2013 

Ensuring a safe Royal Melbourne Show - 27 September 2013 

Review of Crown Casino licence released

VCGLR takes action on alleged bingo fraud - 1 August 2013 

Public comment sought on underage live music events - 7 May 2013

Court fines gaming venue for breaching EFTPOS cash out limits - 22 March 2013 

Commission declares designated area for Footscray - 15 February 2013 

Designated area declared for Colac - 3 January 2013 

2012

Mildura CBD declared designated area - 16 November 2012 

High school muck up day promotion in Bendigo banned - 26 October 2012

Commission calls for public submissions for Casino Review - 29 August 2012 

Commission calls for public submissions on use of earphones - 5 June 2012

For media releases published by Responsible Alcohol Victoria and Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation prior to 2012, please contact our media team at vcglrmedia@vcglr.vic.gov.au.

Page last modified 
11 October 2019