In the News - Australia / New Zealand

This section contains links to media releases from government, industry and other bodies dealing with gambling and gambling issues in Australia and New Zealand.

In the News

Australia/NZ
$50 million in tax relief for Queensland pubs and clubs (QLD)

QUEENSLAND:  The Palaszczuk Government has announced extra tax relief worth $50 million for Queensland pubs and clubs grappling with the effects of coronavirus.

Australia/NZ
Racing to cease in Tasmania

TASMANIA:  On 2 April the Tasmanian Government made the tough decision to cease all racing in the State from this point forward.

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Pubs, clubs and Adelaide Oval benefit from Government's Jobs Rescue Package (SA)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA:  SA's pubs and clubs, the casino and the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority (SMA) are amongst the first organisations to benefit immediately from funding provided under the Marshall Liberal Government's $650m Jobs Rescue Package, designed to help save local jobs and...

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Latest NSW gaming machine data released

NEW SOUTH WALES:  Liquor & Gaming NSW has issued its latest gaming machine data updates as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to transparency on gambling activity in local communities. The data reports can be viewed on their website and include:

Australia/NZ
Deferral of Government’s Gaming Policy (TAS)

TASMANIA:  The Tasmanian Minister for Finance announced on March 28 that, with casinos, pubs and clubs closed due to strict measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak, now is not the time to...

Australia/NZ
Tourism Accommodation Australia, Australian Hotels Association and the United Workers Union (UWU) work together to save jobs (AUST)

NATIONAL:  The national peak accommodation body - Tourism Accommodation Australia - has worked with the Australian Hotels Association and the United Workers Union (UWU) to successfully vary the Hospitality Industry General Award (HIGA) - helping to save jobs throughout the accommodation sector...

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Employers and employees show cooperation is key (AUST)

NATIONAL:  Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial relations, Christian Porter, today welcomed the joint approach of the United Workers Union (UWU) and the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) to vary the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010 in a practical, flexible, common-sense way to...

Australia/NZ
Business Closures and Restrictions (QLD)

QUEENSLAND: Minister for Health, Steven Miles, says to slow the spread of Coronavirus, some businesses are required to close or limit their operations.

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Public Health (COVID-19 Places of Social Gathering) Order 2020 (NSW)

NEW SOUTH WALES:  NSW has issued an order to deal with the public health risk of COVID-19 and its possible consequences by giving a Ministerial direction that provides that certain non-essential venues be closed to members of the public except in limited circumstances.

Australia/NZ
Temporary closure of non-essential business in the ACT

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY:  The ACT Government will be enacting directions on the temporary closure of non-essential activities and businesses to help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

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Hotel Sector Shutdown - AHA Statement

NATIONAL:  AHA National CEO and AGC Board Member Stephen Ferguson has made a statement today regarding the forced closure of all hotels in Australia (excluding accomodation). His full statement can be accessed here.

Australia/NZ
Statement from the Premier on Stage One Shutdowns (VIC)

VICTORIA:  The businesses that will close due to the Stage 1 shutdown include pubs, clubs, nightclubs, Crown Casino, and licensed venues in hotels and pubs. It also includes gyms, indoor sporting venues, places of worship, cinemas and entertainment venues.

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Cash Flow Assistance for Small Business (AUST)

NATIONAL:  The Australian Government have announced cash flow assistance measures for small/medium businesses to assist during the Coronavirus outbreak.

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Hotel Sector Restrictions - AHA

AUSTRALIA:  The Australian Hotels Association will continue to work closely with Federal and State Governments following the imposition of a 100 person limit on all venues.   AHA National CEO Stephen Ferguson said the new restrictions will have a huge social impact, however, the Association was...

Australia/NZ
More Restrictions Put In Place In The Fight Against COVID-19 (VIC)

VICTORIA:  Indoor public gatherings of more than 100 people will be banned under changes made to the State of Emergency by the Victorian Government and restrictions will be placed on aged care facilities in Victoria, following agreement by the National Cabinet.

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