Introduction to the guides

Guides to EGM Application Processes

Electronic gaming machines (EGMs) are a legal recreation activity in Victoria and as at 30 June 2011 there were 26,778 electronic gambling machines in 511 venues across Victoria.


There is confusion within the community about the licence and planning processes associated with EGMs. In response the Responsible Gambling Advocacy Centre (RGAC) developed Guides to the Application Processes associated with EGMs. K2 Planning were commissioned as planning experts to deliver this project with RGAC. These Guides aim to make planning and licence processes for EGMs clearer and enable communities and local government officers to develop informed responses to any application for an EGM in their community.


RGAC would like to thank the local citizens, community groups, members of the Local Government Working Group on Gambling, local councils, the Departments of Justice (Office of Gaming and Racing) and Planning and Community Development and the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation for their assistance; in particular the piloting, technical testing and quality assurance of the materials included in the Guides.


The Guides are spilt into three sections: one dealing with processes around licencing of EGMs (eg. when a venue makes an application for an increase in EGMs); one dealing with processes around planning permits for use and development of a gaming venue, which are a separate requirement that must be approved by the local council; and finally a guide focusing on undertaking and analysing community attitude surveys toward EGMs.


The Guides can be viewed online by navigating the menu above, and can also be downloaded in PDF format individually, as can the Fact Sheets and Flow Charts. You can also download the Complete Guides using the link below.


Download PDF version of complete Guides 1, 2 and 3 - (688.3 kb) - Download PDF version of complete Guides 1, 2 and 3


Please note the following:

Councils should build capacity to support their ability to respond to applications for EGMs. This should include developing the following:

  1. Social indicators data base
  2. Template for submissions to VCGLR and VCAT
  3. Template for conducting social impact assessments

Community responses to applications should:

  1. Aim to take a coordinated approach to clearly present evidence at a hearing
  2. Engage professional assistance in the development and analysis of community attitude surveys. It is strongly recommended that community groups pool resources to engage professional assistance. Surveys with sampling errors carry less weight at a hearing and as such may be disregarded.

Gaming Expenditure Analysis

  1. Councils should note that there are various approaches to analysing new and transferred EGM expenditure
  2. For consistency it is recommended that the most relevant GEOTECH model is used
  3. The VCGLR publishes EGM expenditure data by venue and region, as well as historical data
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