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

31st Australasian Gaming Expo will now take place in 2021

NATIONAL:  The Gaming Technologies Association has announced that, as the NSW Government has extended the restrictions on large gatherings from 29 June to 14 August, the 31st Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) will now be postponed.  The 31st AGE will now run from 10 to 12 August 2021. ...

Hotels Ready for Social Distancing as Dining Areas re-open for up to 10 people (NSW)

NEW SOUTH WALES:  NSW Hoteliers have asked the public to please respect social distancing regulations when many venues around NSW re-open their dining areas for up to 10 people at a time from tomorrow.

Major step towards the resumption of racing in Tasmania

TASMANIA:  Jane Howlett, Minister for Racing, says the Tasmanian Government is committed to assisting the State’s racing industry bounce back from a very challenging period.

Racing set to resume in Tasmania

TASMANIA:  The Tasmanian Government is committed to assisting the State’s racing industry get back on its feet.  Racing will re-start in Tasmania on 13 June.  

Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia

NATIONAL:  Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has released a Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia.

Selected TAB agencies to provide limited transaction services (WA)

The WA government has announced that, from May 1, 2020, a number of TAB outlets will open as 'Deposit + Withdrawal Centres' for limited hours, to provide customers who prefer to transact in...

New data reveals 94% of NSW hotel and pub workers have been stood down or terminated due to COVID-19

NEW SOUTH WALES:  Figures released for the first time by AHA NSW show that of approximately 75,000 hotel and pub workers employed pre-crisis – a total of 94% or approximately 70,452 have been stood down or terminated. 

More Support For Much-Loved Pubs, Clubs, Restaurants (VIC)

VICTORIA:  The Victorian Government has announced further support to help much loved pubs, clubs and restaurants survive the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and rebound strongly on the other side of the crisis.

Illegal overseas gambling sites not worth the risks (NSW)

NEW SOUTH WALES:  The NSW Office of Responsible Gambling (ORG) has urged people not to gamble using overseas gambling sites such as casino games and slot machines.

New App to help slow spread of Coronavirus (AUST)

NATIONAL:  The Australian Government has launched the new voluntary coronavirus app, COVIDSafe, an important public health initiative to help keep you, your family and your community safe from further spread of coronavirus through early notification of possible exposure.

Supporting Hospitality and Community Clubs (NT)

NORTHERN TERRITORY:  The Territory Labor Government is providing community clubs, pubs, hotels and casinos who support thousands of Territory jobs with taxation relief to support their businesses through the COVID-19 shut down.

Knowing the risks of online gambling: essential during pandemic shutdown (VIC)

VICTORIA:  The temporary closure of a range of businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic means that many Victorians who are required to stay at home for an extended period will be looking to fill a void in their lives.  The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation anticipates an increase...

Betting over S&P/ASX 200 index highlights failures in controls (AUST)

NATIONAL:  ASIC intervened when the betting agency Sportsbet began offering bets over the S&P/ASX 200 Index following concerns that the bets constituted a financial product that Sportsbet was not licensed to offer. The product was consequently withdrawn. 

New Lotteries laws to further support WA community in COVID-19

WESTERN AUSTRALIA:  Premier, Mark McGowan, says new laws to support Lotterywest retailers, players and the community will be introduced into the State Parliament today as part of further State Government measures to buffer the COVID-19 impact and inject more relief funding into the community. ...

Victoria Extends State of Emergency until 11 May (VIC)


Victoria has extended the State of Emergency directives to combat COVID-19.  The current stage three restrictions will now remain in place until at least midnight 11 May 2020.