The NSW Parliament has passed a range of proposed changes to better protect communities from problem gambling risks, and increase transparency around the application process for additional gaming machines in March 2018.
The changes follow a Liquor & Gaming NSW review of the Local Impact Assessment (LIA) scheme, which assesses the impact of introducing additional gaming machines into a local community.
Following feedback from community and industry, changes to the LIA scheme include:
The LIA scheme previously classified all Local Government Areas (LGAs) in NSW based on risks of introducing new gaming machines into the LGA. LGAs were ranked into three bands – Band 1 (low risk), Band 2 (medium risk) and Band 3 (high risk).
Under the reforms, the banding system has remained in place, however, the LIA scheme now classifies areas based on their Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2), a geographical boundary set by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. These are smaller than LGAs and have between 3,000 and 25,000 people. They have been designed to represent how a community interacts together economically and socially.
These SA2s would be ranked according to the likely risk of gambling-related harm in the community from additional gaming machines. The smaller SA2 community boundaries would allow the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority to more accurately understand the impact of additional gaming machines in communities across NSW.
Local Impact Assessment: