Project status: Closed

How you had YourSay:

From August 2017 to September 2017, we asked to hear the views of industry stakeholders and members of the community with an interest in gambling harm minimisation.

Stakeholders and the community had their say by:

  • reading the Options Paper
  • sharing their views on the options by writing or emailing a submission to:
    • Liquor, Racing and Gaming Policy, Justice and Community Safety Directorate, GPO BOX 158 CANBERRA ACT 2601

What we looked at:

Community clubs play an important role in the life of our city and the ACT Government values a viable and vibrant community clubs sector.

The ACT Government has committed to a significant reform agenda to reduce the harmful impacts of gambling across our community. This includes a commitment within the Parliamentary Agreement to reduce the number of gaming machines that can be operated in the Territory to 4,000 by 1 July 2020.

As of 30 June 2017, there were 4,985 gaming machine authorisations in the ACT. The Options Paper was developed to provide options to implement a fair and achievable model to reduce gaming machine authorisations to a maximum of 4,000.

Matters considered included:

  • an appropriate model for the surrender of gaming machine authorisations;
  • the timing of the surrender of gaming machine authorisations;
  • the maximum number of authorisations allowable on an authorisation certificate;
  • future arrangements for quarantine and storage of gaming machines; and
  • the maximum number of authorisations in the Territory after reaching 4,000.

Your views were used to:

The submissions were considered in finalising the preferred framework for achieving a maximum of 4,000 gaming machine authorisations in the ACT. Once all comments were considered, the Government will bring forward legislation to the ACT Legislative Assembly.