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.

Options Paper - Implementing the Government’s Commitments to Reduce Gaming Machine Authorisations

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

Matters to consider include:

• 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.

How to Have Your Say

We want to hear the views of industry stakeholders and members of the ACT community with an interest in gambling harm minimisation.

Please read the paper and give us your views on the options to implement a maximum of 4,000 gaming machine authorisations.

Written and email submissions are invited until COB Monday 18 September 2017 to:
Liquor, Racing and Gaming Policy
Justice and Community Safety Directorate

All submissions that are not clearly marked ‘Confidential’ may be made public or quoted in the Government response. You can also provide submissions anonymously.

What happens next?

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