Small clubs and hotels are able to improve their ongoing financial viability, under a new gaming machine leasing scheme that was passed by Parliament in March 2018.
The proposed scheme allows small clubs and hotels to lease out their gaming machines to help them improve their finances and continue to offer services to their local communities.
Rigorous gambling harm safeguards continue to apply, including:
Venues that lease gaming machines are also required to pay an additional levy on the revenue from the leased machines, which will be managed by the Responsible Gambling Fund. From 1 September 2019, the Gaming Machine Regulation 2019 specifies that the levy is to be at least 5% of gaming machine lease payments or $1,000 per lease for each year the lease operates (whichever is higher).