Fact Sheet 2

Defining the maximum permissible number of gaming machines in Victoria

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The maximum permissible number of gaming machines available for gaming in Victoria is set by Ministerial direction.

 

The current Ministerial direction, issued on 18 April 2008, sets the following limits:

  • the total number of gaming machines that can be operated at Victorian venues (outside the Melbourne casino) is capped at 27,500
  • no more than 50 per cent of the total can be operated at either clubs or hotels (i.e. 13,750 cap for clubs and 13,750 cap for hotels)
  • no less than 20 per cent (5,500) of the total can be operated outside metropolitan Melbourne
  • no more than 105 gaming machines can be operated in any one venue.

From 15 August 2012, the Ministerial direction will only cover the total number of gaming machines that can be operated at Victorian venues. The remaining three restrictions will be contained in the Gambling Regulation Act 2003.

 

For details about EGM numbers and expenditure data per municipality see the VCGLR website.

 

Capped regions

 

There are 20 capped regions in Victoria. Caps were introduced to prevent the further concentration of gaming machines in areas of the state identified as being particularly vulnerable to the harm caused by problem gambling.

 

Those areas that are not subject to a regional cap are subject to a municipal limit. These limits are aimed at preventing the concentration of gaming machines in any one local government area. The only areas in Victoria not covered by either a regional cap or a municipal limit are the Melbourne central business district, Docklands and Southbank.

 

Both regional caps and municipal limits are determined by reference to the number of gaming machines per thousand adults. The maximum number of gaming machines allowed in any area with a municipal limit is ten per thousand adults. The density of gaming machines in areas with a regional cap varies for each capped area but is never more than ten per thousand adults.

 

If the number of gaming machines in an area is lower than the regional cap or municipal limit, this does not mean that additional gaming machines up to the cap or limit are automatically approved. Any movement of gaming machines, whether through the introduction of additional gaming machines or the movement of existing machines between venues, requires a planning permit. Additionally, any movement of gaming machines must be approved by the VCGLR. The VCGLR can only grant approval if it is satisfied that there will be no net detriment to the community.

 

For details of capped regions see the VCGLR website.

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