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15 March 2018

Liquor and gaming reforms pass NSW Parliament

The NSW Parliament has passed a major package of reforms to improve regulation of the liquor and gaming industries.

The reforms became law after being passed in the Legislative Council late on Wednesday 14 March 2018.

Minister for Racing Paul Toole introduced the reforms into the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday 6 March 2018.

Liquor & Gaming NSW and the NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority will now work with industry stakeholders to implement the changes.

Key highlights of the reforms are:

  • An overhaul of the Local Impact Assessment scheme that regulates gaming machine movements, including capping the number of machines in high-risk communities such as Fairfield
  • More focused LIA assessments using ABS statistical zones, not council areas, and with a stronger emphasis on vulnerable areas
  • Broader community consultation during the LIA process for longer periods
  • Directing LIA community contributions through the Responsible Gambling Fund with a mandate that the money be spent locally
  • A leasing scheme for gaming machines held by small hotels and clubs, providing a new pathway for them to go machine-free
  • Streamlined regulation of clubs and tougher penalties for directors who do the wrong thing
  • A tenfold increase in fines for wagering operators offering illegal inducements
  • Post-employment cooling-off period for senior Liquor & Gaming NSW staff
  • Modernised regulation for casinos that is consistent between venues.