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Gaming machine shutdown period

By law, gaming machines in registered clubs and hotels must not be operated for the purpose of gambling between 4am and 10am each day. This is called the general shutdown period.

Venues can apply for a change to the general shutdown period.

3-hour shutdown period on weekends and public holidays

Use the Change gaming machine shutdown period form (PDF, 247KB) if you want to change your shutdown period to a 3-hour shutdown period of 6am to 9am on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday.

​Several factors will influence whether or not a change to the shutdown period is granted. This includes:

  • your venue's trading hours
  • neighbouring venues' trading hours
  • requirements for tourism
  • compliance with harm minimisation requirements.

Find more information in the FS3125 3-Hour shutdown period guidelines (Saturday, Sunday and public holiday) (PDF, 143KB).

You must include evidence to support your application.

3-hour limited shutdown on hardship grounds

Use the Change gaming machine shutdown period on hardship grounds form (PDF, 250KB) if you want to change your shutdown period to a 3-hour period from 6am to 9am on each day of the week on hardship grounds. You can apply only if:

  • hardship was caused by a decline in revenue or a loss of jobs as a direct result of a 6-hour shutdown period after having had a 3-hour shutdown period initially; or
  • evidence of other hardship.

We​​ will look at several factors before deciding to grant a change to the shutdown period. This includes:

  • gaming machine profits
  • employment
  • salary and non-salary costs
  • donations
  • links with other venues
  • problem gambling counselling services
  • harm minimisation programs
  • renovations
  • services offered
  • non-smoking policies
  • staff training.

You must include evidence to support your application.

Find more information in the Limited shutdown period guidelines (PDF, 250KB).

For licences granted before 1997

Use the Change gaming machine shutdown period form (PDF, 254KB) if your liquor licence was granted before 1 January 1997 and you want to:

  • change the existing 6-hour shutdown period to a different 6-hour shutdown period
  • change your 3-hour shutdown period on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 6am to 9am, to another period of time
  • change your 3-hour shutdown period each day of the week from 6am to 9am to another period of time.

Revert back to 6-hour shutdown period

Use the Change gaming machine shutdown period - to the general 6-hour period form (PDF, 753KB) if you want to change back to the general 6-hour shutdown period from 4am to 10am.

Send your applications to:
Gaming Systems
Liquor & Gaming NSW
GPO Box 7060
Sydney NSW 2001

Phone: 1300 024 720
Email: gamingapplications@justice.nsw.gov.au