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30 August 2019

Casino Control Regulation 2019 comes into effect 1 September

As part of the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to effective regulation of casinos, the Casino Control Regulation 2019 comes into effect on 1 September 2019.

It replaces the expiring Casino Control Regulation 2009 and can be found on the NSW Legislation website from 1 September.

The Regulation:

  • Supports the Casino Control Act 1992 through rigorous, transparent and risk-based regulatory practices.
  • Introduces minor administrative changes that enhance harm minimisation measures, remove redundant clauses and clarify some compliance processes and general terminology.
  • Reflects liquor sale and service requirements under the Liquor Act 2007 and Liquor Regulation 2018.

Key changes coming into effect from 1 September:

The new responsible service of alcohol (RSA) and industry training framework requirements, introduced by the Liquor Regulation 2018, have been included in the Casino Control Regulation 2019 and streamlined to ensure they’re effective within the casino environment.

Liquor licensees and approved managers regulated under the Casino Control Regulation 2019 need to complete Licensee and/or Advanced Licensee training. RSA marshals need to complete RSA training and hold a current RSA competency card.

Due to clocks being available on gaming machines and mobile phones, venues are no longer required to hang clocks in their gaming areas.

This reflects evidence that clocks hung in gaming areas have little impact on harm minimisation.

Prescriptive player information and harm minimisation messages have been removed from the Regulation to allow the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) to efficiently change and approve the content of messages in material like venue signage, notices and player information brochures.

This will ensure messages are fit for purpose and based on current research, industry best practice and player behaviour, to effectively give players information to make informed decisions and access help.

The requirement that gambling contact cards be bought from Liquor & Gaming NSW has also been removed, so ILGA can approve an easier process for getting the cards in the future. Another minor change to the Regulation means casinos need to provide these cards in each part of the casino.

Current messaging, signage and processes are to be kept in place until casino operators are advised of any changes approved by ILGA.

Fees for special employee licences and controlled contracts will now be automatically adjusted in line with CPI on 1 July each year to reflect annual rises in inflation.

The fees will also be expressed in fee units. In 2019/20 each fee unit is worth $100.

These changes align the fee structure with gaming machine and liquor fees, providing a consistent approach, certainty for industry and a contribution to processing costs.

More information

Our website will be updated to reflect these changes when the Casino Control Regulation 2019 comes into effect on 1 September.

In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact us.

About the public consultation

Liquor & Gaming NSW conducted a public consultation to finalise the Regulation. Find out more about the process, submissions received and minor changes made to the Regulation following the consultation on our website.