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Club gaming

A registered club can operate gaming machines.

The operation of gaming machines can increase the risk of social harms, so harm minimisation practices must be well developed.

This section will cover what you need to know about operating gaming machines at your club.

Gaming machines

A gaming machine, also known as a poker machine or a 'pokie', is an electronic device designed for gambling.

Buying gaming machines

You can buy gaming machines for your club or hotel from:

  • licensed dealers
  • licensed sellers
  • licensed advisers
  • hotels
  • registered clubs.

To buy a gaming machine, you must have:

  • a club or hotel liquor licence
  • a Gaming Machine Entitlement (GME) for each gaming machine
  • the correct Gaming Machine Threshold (GMT) for the number of gaming machines you want to operate in your venue.

Which permit do I need?

Find out the steps required to operating gaming machines.

Registered clubs can operate gaming machines only if they have Gaming Machine Entitlement (GME).

The number of gaming machines you can have in your venue is determined by the gaming machine threshold (GMT) for your club. A new liquor licence starts with a GMT of zero.

Increase your entitlement or threshold

The current gaming machine threshold (GMT) is published on the club's liquor licence document (if issued after March 2012). The threshold is a cap on transferable GMEs held by each club.

Additional entitlements can be transferred from another club or hotel, or via a GME broker.

The government is not releasing any new Gaming Machine Entitlements (GME) so the number is finite.

The right form you should submit depends on the circumstances: Is it in the same local government area? Is a local impact assessment (LIA) required?

Centralised Monitoring System (CMS)​

The Centralised Monitoring System (CMS) monitors gaming machines and is used to calculate Gaming Machine Tax and to ensure the machine is operating to standard.

All gaming machines operated in NSW registered clubs must be connected to the CMS.

In this section learn how to connect and maintain your gaming machines and your club's responsibilities on machine disconnections, faults and paying tax.

Gaming machine shutdown periods

By law, gaming machines in registered clubs and hotels must not operate during a six-hour shutdown period between 4am and 10am each day. This is called the general shutdown period.

A club can apply to alter the shutdown period to three hours on the weekend and public holidays (to ​6am to 9am), or for each day of the week on hardship grounds.

Find more information about gaming machine shutdown including guidelines and application forms.