Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 404. Updated Tuesday, 08 April 2014

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Gambling regulator cashes in chips

The position of National Gambling Regulator has been abolished and other reforms to gambling activities introduced with the passage of new laws governing gambling in Australia.

The National Gambling Reform Act 2012 has been amended, and the National Gambling Reform (Related Matters) Act (No. 1) 2012 and the National Gambling Reform (Related Matters) Act (No. 2) 2012 repealed.

They have been replaced by the Gambling Measures Act 2012.

New laws lead to reforms

The changes included abolishing the National Gambling Regulator and its associated supervisory levy, as well as removing requirements to implement the State-linked voluntary pre-commitment, mandatory pre-commitment capability and dynamic warnings requirements on gaming machines.

In its place was a commitment to work with stakeholders to implement venue-based voluntary pre-commitment and gaming machine capability in realistic timeframes.

This included consultation with stakeholders on the development and implementation of a venue-based pre-commitment scheme that had the capability to connect to a State or Territory-wide pre-commitment scheme that operated within that State or Territory.

Provisions relating to the establishment of the Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC) were retained.

The AGRC was responsible for pursuing a long-term national research plan on practical ways to reduce harm from problem gambling.

The Government said it remained committed to helping problem gamblers by developing nationally consistent minimum standards in the provision of support for problem gamblers that were administered by the States.

It said this approach would consider best-practice approaches to gambling harm minimisation across the spectrum of gambling products, from gaming machines to online gambling.

The Government said it was committed to implementing preventative measures that were available and useful for all gamblers, and treatment options to help those experiencing harm, which included venue‑based voluntary pre-commitment, more and better targeted counselling and support services, and more effective self-exclusion schemes, including for ATMs.

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