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
Early delivery: almost 1000 fewer pokie machines in the ACT community before 2020 target (ACT)

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY: ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsey announced that the maximum number of gaming machines that can be operated in the Territory has been reduced to 4,012.

Australia/NZ
Cashless gaming commences at Victorian venues (VIC)

VICTORIA: Recent changes enable Victorian hotels and clubs to now provide cashless gaming. The new standards allow for machines to accept both player tickets and gaming cards.

Australia/NZ
Review looks to future of gambling (SA)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Following on from a major overhaul of gambling-related barring orders, the South Australian Government has begun seeking views from industry and the non-Government sector on the future of gambling regulation in South Australia.

Australia/NZ
Same-day barring orders to better protect problem gamblers (SA)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA:  Changes to the way gambling barring orders are processed are making it easier for South Australians who are either experiencing or are at risk of gambling harm.  Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman said the state’s gambling regulator, Consumer and Business Services, has overhauled...

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Responsible gambling fund to deliver 'smart' support (NSW)

NEW SOUTH WALES:  Minister for Racing Paul Toole has announced that Deakin University is to develop the first intervention apps for mobiles in Australia aimed at supporting people who want to take control of their gambling.  The NSW Government will invest $436,000 towards the project as part of...

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WA households and racing industry win big as Point of Consumption wagering tax is passed (WA)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Online corporate bookmakers will now pay tax on their operations in Western Australia, after legislation passed through the...

Australia/NZ
First National Consumer Protection Framework for Online Wagering (FED)

NATIONAL:  Commonwealth and state and territory governments have launched the National Consumer Protection Framework (National Framework) for Online Wagering in Australia, which will provide stronger consumer protections for Australians gambling online.

Australia/NZ
ACT announces plan to reduce poker machines operating in the Territory

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRTORY:  The ACT Government has set out a plan for the reduction of poker machines operating in the Territory to 4,000 by 2020. 

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Gambling regulation reforms pass State Parliament (SA)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA:  The State Government has announced the passage of legislation to progress reforms to the way the gambling sector in South Australia is regulated.  As of 1 December 2018 the Independent Gambling Authority will cease operations and all regulatory and policy activity will be...

Australia/NZ
Green light for Star's $2 billion Gold Coast masterplan (QLD)

QUEENSLAND:  Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the approval of plans for an expansion of The Star Gold Coast worth more than $2 billion, and the potential to create some 10,000 jobs for Queenslanders.

Australia/NZ
Deal puts racing industry on right track to sustainability (QLD)

QUEENSLAND:  Under a new deal, prize money levels for Queensland thoroughbred TAB race meetings will increase by $26 million in exchange for a commitment from the...

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Fundraising made easier in NSW

NEW SOUTH WALES:  Charities will now be able to raise money with far less hassle under red tape reduction reforms passed in Parliament today.  Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said games such as raffles, art unions, bingo and sweeps will all benefit from a streamlined administration...

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New tax to help fund gambling harm measures (NSW)

NEW SOUTH WALES:  The NSW Government has announced that the Responsible Gambling Fund will be allocated $5 million per year following the introduction of the State's new Point of Consumption Tax on online wagering, to commence 1 January 2019. 

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New Lotterywest and Healthway chairperson appointed (WA)

WEStERN AUSTRALIA:  Premier Mark McGowan and Health Minister Roger Cook have welcomed the appointment of new Lotterywest and Healthway chairperson, Professor Peter Klinken AC.  Professor Klinken will assume his role as chairperson this week for a three-year term - leading the Lotterywest and...

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Building stronger communities (NSW)

NEW SOUTH WALES:  The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ClubsNSW that recognises the role clubs play in communities, especially in regional and rural NSW.  The MoU has been signed by the Premier, the Deputy Premier and the Minister for Racing,...

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