Responsible Gambling Code of Practice
Under section 112L of the Gaming Control Act 1993, the Commission must establish codes of practice for responsible gambling. The Responsible Gambling Mandatory Code of Practice for Tasmania was introduced in March 2012. It was developed to minimise harm from gambling in the Tasmanian community and sought to make gambling environments safer. The Code ensures Tasmanians have clear information about gambling so that they can better understand and make informed choices about whether to participate.
You can follow this link for the Responsible Gambling Code of Practice, effective 1 July 2023.
Review of the Responsible Gambling Code of Practice
The Act requires that the Commission reviews the Code at least once every 5 years. The first review was completed in 2017. The most recent review was completed on 30 September 2022 and was informed by public consultation.
Key changes were outlined in the Commission's Final Outcomes Paper and have been approved by the Commission for commencement from 1 July 2023.
Key changes to the Code
- Information to patrons - if you have a website that promotes gambling, you must include a link to the responsible gambling information page on the Liquor and Gaming website and a dedicated responsible gambling page with the name and telephone number of the Gambling Helpline.
- Inducements - the offering of inducements to gamble is prohibited. Clarity is provided on the use of the term 'rewards' and the offerings that can be made to patrons for attendance at a venue. It is important to note that rewards must not be linked to any gambling activity.
- Advertising Standards - the Commission's Gambling Product Advertising Standard is now incorporated as Appendix A to the Code. The Appendix outlines responsible gaming messaging requirements.
- Outdoor signage - outdoor signage must not depict, promote or encourage activity relating to playing gaming machines and must not immediately draw attention, whether by size or illumination.
- Player Loyalty Programs (PLPs) - A moratorium is in place on the operation of any PLP in a hotel or club until a broader review is completed following implementation.
The Code and gambling harm
Nationally, gambling harm is characterised by difficulties in limiting money and/or time spent on gambling, which leads to adverse consequences for the gambler, others, or for the community.
To assist venue staff in identifying warning signs of people experiencing gambling-related harm, refer to the Signs of Problem Gambling Fact Sheet. Further information is available in the Fact Sheet for hotel and club gaming venues.