Numbers Of Gaming Machines In Victoria To Be Frozen For 25 Years

Numbers Of Gaming Machines In Victoria To Be Frozen For 25 Years

Victoria Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz

Victoria Freezes Pokie Numbers For 25 Years

Victor P Taffa

Number of gaming machines in Victoria will be frozen for 25 years under reforms being undertaken by the Andrews Government.

Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz today announced new gaming machine arrangements that will help limit gambling related harm and give certainty to pubs, clubs and hotels across Victoria.

Under the changes, the number of gaming machines in Victoria will remain capped at 27,372 and the maximum number of gaming machines in a single venue will be frozen at 105.

“Not a single extra gaming machine will be allowed in Victoria for the next 25 years, helping limit gambling-related harm in our community.” Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz said.

“These reforms also provide certainty to pubs, clubs and hotels across Victoria, and have been informed by an extensive review that included more than 200 public submissions.”

Reforms include:

  • Replacing the current 10 year term with a 20 year term, and requiring venue operators to make 2 sets of premium payments the first in 2022 and the second in 2032,
  • Giving venue operators the opportunity to acquire post-August 2022 entitlements up to the number of entitlements they held on 7 July 2017 through an administrative allocation process, rather than a competitive process,
  • Increasing the maximum number of entitlements held by a club venue operator from 420 to 840,
  • Adjusting the 50:50 rule to facilitate the allocation of unused club entitlements to the hotel sector,
  • Determining premium payments for entitlements based on a venue’s gaming revenue,
  • Making changes to the current gaming machine taxation arrangements to make them more progressive.

These changes have been made as part of a review of the regulatory arrangements for gaming machines enabling pubs, clubs and hotels to make decisions with certainty well before their current entitlements expire in 2022.

Allocation process is expected to be complete by the end of next year.

New venue operators and existing venue operators wanting to acquire extra entitlements will have the opportunity to apply for entitlements not taken up during the initial offer.

Further harm minimisation measures relating to gaming machines will be announced in coming months, following the completion of a community and industry consultation process that started earlier this year.