Tasmanian Hospitality Review - February / March 2023

Liquor & Gaming Update

Jonathon Root

Reminder to Licensed Premises Gaming Licence (LPGL) holders A venue licence is required to operate gaming activities from 1 July 2023. All Licensed Premises Gaming Licences will expire on 30 June 2023. If you haven’t already, please commence your online application now to ensure it is assessed prior to 30 June 2023. Supporting materials have been developed to help applicants and are available from https://www. gaming.tas.gov.au/. As of mid-February 2023, over 50 applications have been received. The first batch of licence applications have been determined by the Commission and applicants can expect to start receiving their licences. Straightforward applications can be expected to take approximately two months from lodgement date to determination date. This reflects the time to assess the application and receive required police checks, credit check and financial assessment. Once these steps occur, the Commission then determines the application. This due diligence reflects the 20-year licence and the increased financial and regulatory responsibilities. Reminder of Recorded CCTV Surveillance Rules - Gaming venues The Recorded CCTV Surveillance Rules for all venues offering gaming commence from 1 March 2023. The rules require footage to be retained for 30 days.

This means that on 1 March 2023, you are required to have footage covering the previous 30 day period to 30 January 2023. There are several ways to assist with holding the increased data, including regularly saving and uploading footage to another storage device or upgrading storage capacity. The new rules can be downloaded from the Liquor and Gaming website https://www.treasury.tas. gov.au/liquor-and-gaming/gambling/regulatory- requirements/rules. Changes to Special Employee (SE) Licensing from 1 July 2023 From 1 July 2023, there will be changes to the special employee’s licence requirements. Staff undertaking certain limited duties in a hotel, club or casino such as selling keno tickets, undertaking gaming machine payouts or minor adjustments to gaming machines will no longer require a licence.

More information and FAQs are available from the Gaming Website.

For further information please contact us By email gaming@treasury.tas.gov.au or phone 6166 4040

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