GAMING HARM MINIMISATION BILL – EXTENDED CONSULTATION DATE

The NSW Government is seeking feedback on the proposed Gaming Machines Amendment (Gambling Harm Minimisation) Bill 2020. The reforms being introduced by this Bill respond to the need to identify and support gaming machine players who are experiencing problems and harm from their gambling. It also aims to improve the way hotels and clubs minimise gambling harm through proactive interactions with players.

Overall, the Bill is aimed at improving the regulatory framework for responsible conduct of gambling in NSW.

Liquor & Gaming have extended the consultation period for stakeholders and community members to give feedback up to 11 December 2020 and to share your views on the NSW Customer Service website.

The need for industry and operational people within the industry to provide practical advice is high as the Bill would change responsibility for managing gambling-related harms. Instead of only needing to provide support when someone specifically asks for help, clubs and hotels would need to actively identify and assist gaming machine players who display problematic gambling behaviours.

The proposed changes respond to the need to support gaming machine players experiencing problems and improve the way clubs and hotels can minimise gambling harm as they continue to get back to business.

For Survey Questions to assist in addressing your concerns and responses regarding the new bill and its changed responsibilities, click here >>> https://the-drop.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Print-Survey-Questions-Gambling-Harm-Fillable.pdf

To download a summary of the proposed changes, click here >>>> https://the-drop.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Summary_of_changes_Laws_that_help_minimise_gambling_harm.pdf

A copy of the proposed Bill, and Explanatory Paper are also available on the NSW Customer Service website.