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
COVID Safe Plans mean more customers for Qld businesses (QLD)

QUEENSLAND:  From today, more Queenslanders can be in pubs, restaurants, surf clubs and RSLs, cafes, gyms, campgrounds and hotels thanks to the approval of COVID Safe Industry Plans.

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Stage Two restrictions begin to ease (TAS)

TASMANIA:  Peter Gutwein, Premier, says Tasmanians have done an outstanding job controlling coronavirus, enabling the easing of stage two restrictions to be brought forward to today at 3pm.

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Up to 40 patrons permitted in our pubs, restaurants and cafes from Friday (TAS)

TASMANIA:  Sarah Courtney, Minister for Small Business, Hospitality and Events, says Tasmanians can once again enjoy their local pub or visit their favourite restaurant this long weekend, with Stage 2 restrictions to be brought foward from 3pm Friday.

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Providing certainty for Tasmania’s racing industry (TAS)

TASMANIA:  Jane Howlett, Minister for Racing, says the Tasmanian Government has been working closely and constructively with all three codes of the State’s Racing sector to ensure a safe pathway back to racing.

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Update to Covid-19 Restrictions June 1 (NSW)

NEW SOUTH WALES:  More restrictions have eased across NSW with people urged to maintain physical distancing.

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Major easing of restrictions will open Queensland for Queenslanders (QLD)

QUEENSLAND:  Queenslanders will be able to undertake unlimited travel including overnight stays throughout the entire state from midday tomorrow (June 1) in a major easing of Covid-19 restrictions.  Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles today also announced pubs, restaurants and cafes...

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State of Emergency extended to keep slowing the spread (VIC)

VICTORIA:  The State of Emergency in Victoria will be extended for another three weeks to slow the spread of coronavirus and keep people safe as restrictions are cautiously eased across the state from tomorrow.

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Hotel and hospitality industry support package (ACT)

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY: Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, says the ACT Government will provide additional, targeted, support for Canberra's Hotels and hospitality industry as it begins its recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.

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WA hospitality is back! (WA)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA:  Western Australia's hospitality industry will soon be back in business following strong and decisive national leadership from WA Premier Mark McGowan, with the state's hotels, pubs, restaurants, bars and taverns now leading the nation on the road to recovery.

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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. ...

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Helping venues make the most of eased restrictions (SA)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA:  Wineries, pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants will be able to seek to temporarily change or expand their licenced footprint, as part of measures aimed at helping the hospitality sector adjust to imminent changes to restrictions on non-essential businesses.

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Extended testing to help venues reopen safely (WA)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA:  Today’s announcement by the WA Government of a new COVID-19 community testing program that will include the hospitality industry has been welcomed by the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) WA.  ...

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Canberra’s Recovery Plan - supporting our community and our economy (ACT)

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY:  Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, says the ACT will take another step in our recovery plan with the gradual easing of restrictions across a number of sectors coming into effect for the long-weekend.

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Fast-tracking Economic Recovery (SA)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA:  Pubs, gyms, cinemas, places of worship, beauty salons and other sites will now be permitted to have up to 80 people on their premises from June 1 as long as they comply with appropriate safeguards, Premier Steven Marshall has today announced.

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Older people may be more at risk from gaming addiction (FED)

NATIONAL:  A researcher from James Cook University has found teens and young adults are more at risk from computer gaming addiction than children. Dr Peter Chew is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at JCU.

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