Guide 1

Guide 1: Applying for approval of a premises to install an EGM, or change number

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In this guide you will find more information about each of the topics listed on this page under points 1 – 8. Click on each link for more information.



Who can apply for a licence to operate an EGM or change the number of EGMs in a venue?

An application to increase the number of EGMs in a premise in Victoria must be by a venue operator holding a venue operator’s licence, i.e. they are either a club venue operator or a hotel venue operator. Applicants for an approval of premises do not need to be an approved venue operator.  Fact Sheet 1 provides additional information.



Who decides on the number and location of EGM licences in Victoria?

All Applications for Licences to install and operate EGMs in Victoria are sent to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR or the Commission). The VCGLR reports to the Minister for Gaming in Victoria and is responsible for regulating the following gambling activities: the casino, electronic gaming machines (pokies, slots), wagering, Club Keno, interactive gaming, bookmakers, public lotteries, trade promotion lotteries, and community and charitable gaming (such as raffles and bingo). The objectives of the VCGLR are set out in the Gambling Regulation Act 2003. Fact Sheet 2 provides information on the number of EGMs allowed in Victoria.  Fact Sheet 3 provides more information on the role of the VCGLR, and Fact Sheet 5 provides additional information on the new licensing arrangements.



How does the application process work?

The Gambling Regulation Act 2003 allows ‘responsible authorities’ to respond to the application for a licence for EGMs. The responsible authority is the Local Government Authority (LGA or local Council) where the proposed EGM venue is located, or the Planning Minister. Local Governments therefore have the opportunity to make a submission in response to either: an application to approve a new venue as suitable for EGMs; or an application to increase the number of EGMs at a venue.  Any submission made by the local Council should address any potential economic and social impacts of the application. The test that the VCGLR considers as set out in the Gambling Regulation Act (s3.3.7) is that the Commission (VCGLR) must not grant an application for approval of premises as suitable for gaming unless satisfied that: the net economic and social impact of approval will not be detrimental to the well being of the community of the municipal district in which the premises are located.



What information does an applicant have to provide with their application for an EGM licence?

To apply for approval of additional gaming machines or a new premises an applicant must apply using the VCGLR application form.
View the information that must accompany the application.



How does a VCGLR hearing work?

The Gambling Regulation Act 2003 requires the VCGLR to determine applications to amend a venue operator’s licence in public at a hearing. At the beginning of a VCGLR hearing, all parties meet. This may include the venue operator, Council officers and community groups interested in the application. The VCGLR and the legal teams of the applicant and Council decide which witnesses will be required to provide evidence to the VCGLR.  Anyone is able to attend a VCGLR hearing and listen to the witnesses presenting their evidence and then being cross examined. The hearing takes place over a number of days and each witness is cross examined by both sides. Continue to ‘How does a VCGLR hearing work?’



What is the role of local governments in the application process?

When a hotel or a club applies to the VCGLR for an EGM licence they are required under the Gambling Regulation Act to notify the local authority that is affected by the proposal. The VCGLR notifies surrounding municipalities. Local government authorities may make a submission to the VCGLR as part of the hearing process. Continue to ‘What is the role of local governments in the application process?’



What is the role of local communities in the application process?

As the VCGLR hearing process is open to the public, any individual, service provider, community group or stakeholder with an interest in the application is entitled to make a submission to be heard at the VCGLR.  What is the role of local communities?



Where can I find more information or expert advice?

For more information about EGM applications, problem gambling, or undertaking a community survey, please use the following links to relevant Fact Sheets and websites.


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