The Department of Treasury and Finance provides policy advice to the government on economic, social and regulatory issues associated with gambling.
1 May 2013 – Statutes Amendment (Gambling Reform) Bill 2013
The Minister for Business Services and Consumers, Hon John Rau MP, introduced the Statutes Amendment (Gambling Reform) Bill 2013 in Parliament on 1 May 2013.
The Bill aims to create better gaming regulation for hotel and club gaming venues and the Adelaide Casino, with greater support for staff and customers.
Instruments of Unlawful Gaming - Consultation
In South Australia, electronic gaming machines are only permitted in licensed premises, in gaming areas that are not available to minors. However, community concerns have been raised about some arcade games that are available to minors yet may be considered to be similar to gaming machines. Section 59A of the Lottery and Gaming Act 1936 provides the Governor with the power to declare any machine, article or thing to be an instrument of unlawful gaming.
The main objective of a declaration of an instrument of unlawful gaming is the protection of minors from being exposed to ‘soft’ gambling. A secondary objective is clearer guidance to industry on what is prohibited.
The outcome of this consultation process is to have a clearer definition of games that should be prohibited. It is not the intention to prohibit all forms of arcade and other games, only those which could be considered ‘soft’ gambling and are therefore inappropriate for minors.
Submissions for the first public consultation on aspects of unlawful instruments of gaming and the impacts on industry, the community and problem gambling closed on Friday 13 May 2011.
Submissions for the second round of public consultation, including draft regulations, must be submitted by Friday 8 March 2013. Submissions can be sent by email.
Regulation of Bookmakers
The Regulation of Bookmakers –Policy Paper outlines the position of the Government of South Australia in relation to the proposed changes to the Authorised Betting Operations Act 2000 first raised by the South Australian Bookmakers’ League (SABL) in mid-2007.
The policy paper provides response to each of the questions raised in the Issues Paper.
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