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The Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation has approved the removal of the requirement for electronic gaming machines in hotels and clubs to have hard meters.
This requirement existed in the Victorian Appendix of the Australian/New Zealand Gaming Machine National Standard 2016 (Vic appendix).
As required under the Gambling Regulation Act 2003, a notice of this amendment has been published in the Government Gazette, see: Government Gazette
Existing electronic gaming machines approved for use in hotels and clubs can continue to operate with hard meters, however if a manufacturer decides to remove existing hard meters from currently approved machines, this change will require re-approval by the Commission.
Although the change is not effective until June 2021, being 6 months after the gazettal, the Commission will consider any future application for an electronic gaming machine to be used in Victorian hotels and clubs having regard to either the existing or the amended Vic Appendix, noting that hard meters on gaming machines do not impact on the integrity of the game or electronic gaming machine.
To read the updated Vic appendix, see:
For more information relating to the technical standards for the gambling industry, see: Technical standards for the gambling industry