Have your say on venue licence applications
Making an objection to a venue licence application
In accordance with section 37(1) of the Gaming Control Act 1993, a person can object to the granting of a venue licence on the following grounds:
- the application or an associate of the applicant is not fit and proper having regard to character, honesty and integrity;
- the applicant or an associate of the applicant has a business association with a person, body, or association who or which is not fit and proper having regard to character, honesty and integrity; and/or
- that a director, partner, trustee, executive officer or the secretary or any other officer or person associated or connected with the ownership, administration or management of the conduct of gaming of the business of the applicant is not a suitable person to act in that capacity.
In addition, if a venue licence application is for a premises where gaming machines have not operated at any time in the 6 months before the application is made, an additional ground for objection exists:
- that the granting of the licence endorsed with gaming machine authorities is not in the community interest, having regard to community interest matters.
About the community interest submission
For a community interest submission, the applicant prepares an assessment of the impact of the proposed application on the local community, addressing community interest matters.
As part of the process, the Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission supplies a dataset of social, economic and gaming machine information which the applicant must address.
Community interest matters include:
- the name and address of the premises and the venue licence number;
- the number of electronic gaming machines authorities proposed for the premises;
- the internal floor plan of the premises;
- the relevant areas in which the premises are located (the local government area, any other local government area within 2 kilometres of the premises, and the relevant smaller statistical area level 2);
- the location and name of any gaming-sensitive sites that are within a 2 kilometre radius of the premises;
- a description of the facilities provided and the activities conducted at the premises;
- the harm minimisation and responsible gambling measures that will be in place at the premises in addition to those required by any other legislation;
- data relating to electronic gaming machines in the relevant areas in which the premises are located;
- demographic and other social and economic information relating to the relevant areas in which the premises are located;
- the potential social and economic benefits, for the local community, of any proposed electronic gaming machines; and
- the negative social and economic impacts, and the potential negative social and economic impacts, on the local community, of any proposed electronic gaming machines and how those impacts will be managed.
How to lodge an objection
- Any person may lodge a written objection on the grounds detailed above. Objections can be made to the Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission within 28 days of the newspaper advertisement for the relevant venue licence application. Objections lodged after the nominated closing date will not be accepted.
- All objections are provided to the venue licence applicant, who is given an opportunity to respond. For this reason, the author's name and address is not removed from submissions.
Objections should be sent to:
Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission
GPO Box 1374
Hobart TAS 7001
Obtaining further information
To obtain further information, please contact the Liquor and Gaming Branch by telephone on (03) 6166 4040 or by email to email@example.com.