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3 March 2018

Reforms to better regulate the NSW clubs industry

The NSW Government's proposed reforms to streamline the operation and regulation of the registered clubs industry were passed by Parliament today in March 2018.

The changes followed two consultations of the clubs' industry conducted by Liquor & Gaming NSW (L&GNSW) – a public review that assessed the effectiveness of the club amalgamation and de-amalgamation framework; and a targeted consultation with club peak bodies that considered the accountability requirements of registered clubs.

The changes include:

  • increased flexibility of the club amalgamation and de-amalgamation framework to make it easier for clubs to merge and de-merge
  • a co-regulatory model with oversight  of low-risk accountability responsibilities for clubs shared between L&GNSW and Clubs NSW, with L&GNSW retaining the power to step in where appropriate
  • financial penalties of up to $11,000 and disciplinary measures for individuals who breach club governance and management requirements.

Changes to amalgamations simplify and streamline the process for clubs by reducing red tape, time and cost.

The new co-regulatory model enables L&GNSW and the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority to focus more time and resources on high-risk governance matters within clubs.

More information

Club amalgamation and de-amalgamation framework

Accountability requirements for clubs