|Date||Latest News from Liquor and Gaming ...|
|26.11.2013||The Christmas Edition 2013 issue of our newsletter is now available.|
|05.11.2013||The third social and economic impact study into gambling in Tasmania has commenced.|
|25.09.2013||A review of the Liquor Licensing Act 1990 is underway.|
|21.06.2013||A Fact Sheet has been prepared summarising changes to the Gaming Control Act.|
|10.05.2013||An independent report recommending changes to Tasmania’s liquor licensing legislation has been released.|
Do you know that you can now apply online for the following licence or permits:
Who We Are
The Liquor and Gaming Branch provides administrative support to the Commissioner for Licensing, the Licensing Board and the Tasmanian Gaming Commission. These are separate legal entities established under the Tasmanian Liquor Licensing Act 1990 and the Gaming Control Act 1993.
The Liquor and Gaming Branch is located within the Revenue, Gaming and Licensing Division of the Department of Treasury and Finance and has offices in Hobart and Launceston. It consists of the following units:
- Research and Policy
- Communications and Education
- Technical and Systems Audit
What We Do
The Liquor and Gaming Branch is responsible for undertaking the day-to-day activities related to the authorisation of the sale of liquor and the provision of gaming and wagering in Tasmania. Activities include:
- assessing and processing applications for new licences and permits and applications to amend licences and permits;
- monitoring and investigating the operation of licensed and other premises where liquor is sold and gaming is provided;
- investigating complaints relating to licensed premises;
- facilitating trading agreements/accords with the hospitality industry and local communities to limit late night disturbance in and around licensed premises; and
- monitoring and auditing external providers such as gaming testing facilities and organisations accredited to deliver Responsible Service of Alcohol and Responsible Conduct of Gambling training.
To sell liquor in Tasmania you need to be authorised under the Liquor Licensing Act 1990. Once you have a licence you need authorisation before you change something significant about your business, such as altering the area of your premises or transferring the licence to another person. You are also required to help minimise the harm associated with the sale and supply of liquor, including Responsible Service of Alcohol.
Gaming and Wagering
Gaming and wagering in Tasmania is regulated under the Gaming Control Act 1993. To provide gaming or wagering services or be employed in the gambling industry you need to be authorised under the Act. Gambling activities include gaming machines, keno gaming, casino gaming, terrestrial wagering, and interactive gaming and wagering as well as minor gaming such as raffles and bingo.
There is a Deed of Agreement between the State of Tasmania and the Federal Group that grants exclusive rights to Federal Hotels to conduct casino operations and operate keno and gaming machines in Tasmania. The number of gaming machines in Tasmania is limited to 3 680, with 2 500 of these allowed in Tasmanian hotels and clubs.
People who work in the gambling industry must comply with certain requirements to help minimise the harm associated with gaming activities, including Responsible Conduct of Gambling.