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
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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New Ministerial Direction regarding Responsible Gambling Codes of Conduct (VIC)

VICTORIA:  Venue operators have six months to amend their Responsible Gambling Codes of Conduct to comply with a new Ministerial Direction.  The Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, The Hon.

Australia/NZ
Public Consultation Commences on Gaming Machine Legislation (TAS)

TASMANIA:  The Future of Gaming in Tasmania Public Consultation Paper 2020 is open for public comment ahead of new legislation being introduced this year.

Australia/NZ
Tasmania's Point of Consumption Tax investment in industry (TAS)

TASMANIA:  The Tasmanian Government announced on the 9th February 2020 that 80% of the POCT revenue will be invested directly back into...

Australia/NZ
New Leadership For Responsible Gambling Foundation (VIC)

VICTORIA: The Andrews Government has announced the appointment of Tass Mousaferiadis as the new chair of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation board. ...

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AUSTRAC further strengthens international partnerships with signing of MOU with Great Britain Gambling Commission

NATIONAL:  AUSTRAC and Great Britain Gambling Commission have signed a regulatory Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in London.  The MOU will allow both agencies to share regulatory and compliance information to enhance their ability to investigate and tackle the global issue of financial crimes...

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