Regulations are in place for where gaming machines can be located in hotels and clubs. The intention is to ensure that gaming isn’t advertised to members of the public outside of the venue.
Gaming machines shouldn't be in a location that:
Some examples of this include, where gaming machines are:
There are also requirements on using monitors:
The Secretary of the NSW Department of Customer Service can direct a hotel, or club, to move or screen its gaming machines.
Each consideration for a direction by the Secretary, is done on a case-by-case basis. For example, it will be taken into account by the Secretary if:
This individualised approach prevents unnecessary costs on venues that may be caused by a blanket requirement.
If you disagree with a decision of the Secretary, concerning the location of gaming machines, you can ask the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority Board (ILGA) to review the decision.
To apply for a review, you must submit an application in writing and pay a $250 fee.
Your application for a review by ILGA must:
You must also provide the Secretary with a copy of the application either as soon as possible after your application or at the same time.
Unless ILGA puts the directive on hold, the Secretary’s directive will remain active while your request for review is being considered.
Requests for a review of a decision must be made in writing to:Post: ILGA | GPO Box 7060 | Sydney NSW 2001
Provide the Secretary with a copy:Post: Secretary | Department of Customer Service | GPO Box 5477 | Sydney NSW 2001
If you have more than 10 gaming machines at your hotel, you will need a dedicated gaming room that is separated from the rest of your hotel. You may also have more than one gaming room. No more than five gaming machines can be located in the general bar area.
Any construction that's needed to build a gaming room will first need building approval from local council before gaming machines can be kept there.
By law, hotel gaming rooms must:
The requirement for a gaming room to be physically separated from the general bar area of a hotel does not:
More information can be found from the Gaming Machines Act 2001.