Future Gaming Market

​​​​​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.​

​​​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 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 and related fact sheets are available at the links below.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the Government announced on 28 March 2020 that the implementation of reforms to the gaming industry would be deferred and public release of submissions to the consultation paper would also be delayed.

 
The Government’s media release on the deferral can be found at: http://www.premier.tas.gov.au/releases/deferral_of_governments_gaming_policy​
 

​​​Consultation Papers and Fact Sheets​

​​​Submissions to the Consultation Paper​​​​

Submissions were received from 68 parties, providing feedback on the proposed Future Gaming Market regulatory model.  A copy of the Overview of Responses to the Future of Gaming in Tasmania Public Consultation Paper 2020 and copies of the individual submissions received are available at the links below.

  1 - ALH Group  

  2 - Ken Ling 

  3 - Peter Hoult  ​​

  4 - James Boyce  

  5 - Central Hotel   

  6 - Beach Hotel  

  7 - Shearwater Resort Tavern  

  8 - Madeleine Ogilvie MP  

  9 - Brighton Hotel Motel and Risdon Brook Hotel 

  10 - John Lawrence 

  11 - Anglicare 

  12 - Communities Tasmania  

  13 - Exeter Hotel 

  14 - New Norfolk Hotel  ​​

  15 - Black Stallion Hotel   

  16 - Commercial Hotel  

  17 - Sunny Hill Tavern  

  18 - Star and Garter Hotel  

  19 - Queens Head Hotel  

  20 - Robert Holderness-Roddam 

  21 - Dodges Ferry Hotel  

  22 - Queens Arms Hotel   

  23 - All Year Round Tavern   

  24 - Shoreline Hotel  

  25 - Alliance for Gambling Reform and Uniting Church Australia

  26 - Ross Lincolne 

  27 - Meg Webb MLC 

  28 - Tasmanian Hospitality Association 

  29 - Beachfront Bicheno 

  30 - Black Buffalo Hotel

  31 - Kings Meadows Hotel 

  32 - Kingston Hotel 

  33 - Beltana Hotel 

  34 - Cooleys Hotel 

  35 - Mornington Inn

  36 - Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI)

  37 - Norton Hospitality Group (Empire Hotel) ​

  38 - Derwent Tavern

  39 - Elwick Hotel 

  40 - Hotel Federal

  41 - Mackeys Royal Hotel 

  42 - Claremont Hotel 

  43 - Furners Hotel

  44 - Hotel Tasmania

  45 - Waterfront Hotel

  46 - Valern Hotel

  47 - Molly Malones  

  48 - Alexander Hotel

  49 - Argosy Motor Inn

  50 - Goodstone Group

  51 - Bridge Hotel

  52 - Formby Hotel

  53 - Neptune Grand Hotel

  54 - River Arms Hotel

  55 - Lighthouse Hotel

  56 - Seabrook Hotel

  ​57 - Somerset Hotel

  58 - Brooker Inn

  59 - Andrew Wilkie MP

  60 - Federal Group

  61 - Tabcorp Holdings Limited

  62 - Aristocrat

  63 - Top of the Town Hotel Motel

  64 - Network Gaming

  65 - Local Government Association Tasmania (LGAT)  

  66 - Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania

  67 - Glenorchy City Council

  68 - TasCOSS

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