The NSW Government has announced a range of proposed changes to better protect communities from problem gambling risks, and increase transparency around the application process for additional gaming machines that will go before Parliament today, 6 March 2018.
The changes follow a Liquor & Gaming NSW review of the Local Impact Assessment (LIA) scheme, which assesses the impact of introducing additional gaming machines into a local community.
Following feedback from community and industry, proposed changes to the LIA scheme include:
The LIA scheme currently classifies all Local Government Areas in NSW based on risks of introducing new gaming machines into the LGA – Band 1 (low risk), Band 2 (medium risk) and Band 3 (high risk).
The proposed changes would instead classify areas based on their Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2), a geographical boundary set by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. These have between 3,000 and 25,000 people and are designed to represent how a community interacts together economically and socially.
These SA2s would be ranked according to the likely risk of gambling-related harm in the community from additional gaming machines. The smaller SA2 community boundaries would allow the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority to more accurately understand the impact of additional gaming machines in communities across NSW.
Local Impact Assessment: