Hotels and registered clubs who wish to increase their gaming machine threshold (GMT) will likely need to complete a Local Impact Assessment (LIA).
The purpose of an LIA is to inform and support a community consultation process that helps the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) determine whether approving the application to increase a venue’s GMT will provide a positive contribution to the local community, or have an overall positive impact on the local community
All clubs and hotels in NSW that operate gaming machines are classified in a risk ranking system based on the location of the venue, which determines the type of LIA the venue needs to complete to acquire additional gaming machines.
Under the LIA scheme, venues are put into a Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) which is then ranked according to the relative risk of introducing additional gaming machines into that area.
All SA2s are then put into one of three bands depending on the gaming machine density, gaming machine expenditure and the socio-economic disadvantage of the SA2.
An LIA must be lodged with any application for an increase in a venue’s gaming machine threshold according to the following rules:
A Class 1 LIA: requires the applicant to demonstrate that the proposed increase in the GMT will provide a positive contribution to the local community
A Class 2 LIA: requires the applicant to demonstrate that the proposed increase in the GMT will have an overall positive impact on the local community.
Find your LIA Band
An LIA is not required in certain circumstances, usually when machines are moving within a local area where an LIA was previously conducted, or where a venue is in a Band 1 SA2 and seeking an increase of 20 or less to its GMT. Further information on whether an LIA must accompany your GMT increase application see GL4014 Class 1 LIA process guidelines (PDF 357.8 KB).
ILGA can only approve a Class 1 or Class 2 LIA if it satisfies matters specified in the legislation, including that:
A Class 1 LIA requires the applicant to demonstrate that the proposed increase in the GMT will provide a positive contribution to the local community.
LIA documentation submitted by applicants should be succinct. All Class 1 LIAs must include a clearly marked executive summary of no more than three A4 single-sided pages. Further information about the documentation required and the format of your application can be found in the GL4014 Class 1 LIA process guidelines (PDF 357.8 KB).
To initiate the consultation process, within two working days of lodging your application with ILGA, you must provide a copy of the application and LIA to:
A notice of the application and the LIA must also be advertised in a local newspaper and displayed outside the relevant venue.
Use the following templates for your notifications and advertisement:
A Class 2 LIA requires the applicant to demonstrate that the proposed increase in the GMT will have an overall positive impact on the local community.
LIA documentation submitted by applicants should be succinct. In preparing an application, venues should be mindful of the requirements under the Gaming Machines Regulation 2019 relating to the information that must be included as part of the LIA.
In addition to the consultation requirements listed above for a Class 1 LIA, an applicant required to undertake a Class 2 LIA must notify the above organisations before an application is lodged. This notification must include information prescribed under the Gaming Machines Regulation 2019, including:
Where an applicant is required to include gaming-related information as part of its application, the applicant can purchase gaming related information for each relevant SA2 and LGA.
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Social profile information
Social profile information required for each relevant SA2 and LGA should be obtained from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Visit: ABS website.
Your application will be assessed and determined:
Applications will only be approved where ILGA is assured that the application satisfies matters set out in the legislation.
If the LIA is approved, ILGA:
Determinations are published in the LIA Register.
Note: There is a limit on how long you may take from the date of ILGA’s determination to acquire the additional gaming machine entitlements under the new GMT. At the end of that period, if entitlements to fulfil the approved increase haven’t been acquired, the venue’s GMT will be reduced by the amount of the unused portion.
The applicant must meet any costs incurred by ILGA in determining the LIA. ILGA may refuse to make a determination until arrangements have been made to cover those costs. Applicants will be advised of likely costs prior to them being incurred.
Read: GL4014 Class 1 LIA process guidelines (PDF 357.8 KB)
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