As part of the Tasmanian Government's
The Future of Gaming in Tasmania (Future Gaming Market) policy, announced during the 2018 State election, the exclusivity arrangements under the Deed with the Federal Group to conduct casino operations, operate electronic gaming machines and conduct games of keno in Tasmania will end in 2023.
The aim of the Future Gaming Market policy is to:
- create a sustainable industry;
- provide the highest standards of probity;
- ensure returns from the gaming industry are shared appropriately among the industry, players and the Government representing the community; and
- continue to minimise harm caused by problem gambling.
There are a number of reforms for the gaming industry in Tasmania under the new model, including:
- a decrease in the State-wide cap for electronic gaming machines (EGMs) of 150;
- the creation of individual venue licences to operate EGMs in hotels and clubs;
- two new high roller non‑resident casino licences;
- more appropriate distribution of returns;
- tender of the rights to operate the monitoring of the hotel and club EGM network; and
- increased future funding to improve harm minimisation.
Legislative amendments will be required to the Gaming Control Act 1993 to implement the policy. The policy does not envisage changes to the Responsible Gambling Mandatory Code of Practice for Tasmania.
Stage two consultation
Stage one of public consultation was conducted in February 2020, which provided an overview of how the Tasmanian gaming industry will be restructured and included details of the regulatory model that will implement the Government's policy. Responses to stage one are published below under “Stage one consultation".
Stage two of public consultation includes the release of the exposure draft of the Gaming Control Amendment (Future Gaming Market) Bill 2021 (the Bill) and a suite of associated sector‑specific explanatory papers and fact sheets on the proposed amendments. The explanatory papers have been produced to help understand the sector‑specific proposed amendments to the Act.
The release of the exposure draft of the Bill provides an opportunity to consider and provide feedback on the proposed amendments to the Gaming Control Act prior to the Bill's introduction to Parliament.
Submissions are invited from interested parties addressing the implementation of the Government's policy through the intended legislative amendments. Matters specific to the Policy itself are out of scope of this consultation process.
All written submissions on the draft Gaming Control Amendment (Future Gaming Market) Bill 2021 must be received by 5pm on Monday 9 August 2021.
For details on how to make a submission, please refer to the following document:
The Bill, explanatory papers and fact sheets are available at the links below:
The Government’s summary of the Future of Gaming in Tasmania released on 7 July 2021 can be found below:
Stage one consultation
A paper providing details of the Future Gaming Market regulatory model that will implement the Government’s policy from 1 July 2023 was released in February 2020 for consultation, with responses due by 18 March 2020. It provided an opportunity for interested parties to consider and provide feedback on the new regulatory model. A copy of the consultation paper, related fact sheets and submissions received are available at the links below.