The Commonwealth Government has released exposure drafts of the National Gambling Reform Bill 2012 and the National Gambling Reform (Related Matters) Bill 2012.
The draft legislation is designed to implement key parts of the Government's commitment to reduce the harm caused by poker machines to problem gamblers and their families.
The Bills will require:
- By the end of 2013, pre-commitment technology to be available in every gaming machine made or imported into Australia;
- By the end of 2016, state linked pre-commitment, dynamic warnings and cost of plays;
- By 1 February 2013, a $250 per card per day withdrawal limit on ATM machines in gaming premises, except in casinos and communities where it may cause unreasonable inconvenience.
The Bills will also provide for an inquiry by the Productivity Commission into the results of the proposed trial of mandatory pre-commitment.
These national gambling reforms are based on the recommendations of the 2010 Productivity Commission Inquiry into Gambling in Australia.
National Gambling Reform Bill 2012
National Gambling Reform (Related Matters) Bill 2012
Productivity Commission Report