Recommencement of 5 year review-social effect inquiry process and principles and responsible gambling agreement

19 January 2018

The Authority previously commenced statutory reviews of the inquiry process and principles prescribed for the purposes of applications for a social effect certificate as well as the responsible gambling agreement under the Gaming Machines Act 1992 (the Act).

Social Effect Inquiry Process and Principles

An application for a social effect certificate is the first step in the process by which gaming machines can be licensed in hotel or club premises. If a social effect certificate is granted, the applicant then applies for a premises certificate which sets out how the completed premises will address the integrity and operational requirements of the regulatory regime. Once the premises have been altered or built to conform with the premises certificate, a gaming machine licence may be granted.

The prescribed inquiry process guides the discovery activities which precede the making of the application and the prescribed principles guide the making of the decision.

To date, one application has been referred to a hearing, before the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner (the Commissioner), for a social effect certificate - the South Australian Jockey Club's application for a venue at St. Clair. The application has been finalised and has been refused.

A copy of the decision of the Commissioner is available on the Consumer and Business Services' website (2016, December 2016, Cheltenham Park Community and Sporting Club).

Responsible Gambling Agreement

Under section 10(A)(1)(f) of the Act, the Authority may, by notice in the Gazette, prescribe the form of a responsible gambling agreement with a recognised industry body.

Gaming Care and Club Safe are "recognised" under section 10B of the Act (a form of licensing) for the purposes of having a responsible gambling agreement with a gaming machine licensee.

Gaming machine licensees which have a responsible gambling agreement with either Gaming Care or Club Safe obtains the benefit of certain regulatory relief under the Act and the codes of practice.

Recommencement of Reviews

Section 10A of the Act, under which the social effect certificate process and principles and the responsible gambling agreement are prescribed, requires the Authority to undertake a review—with public consultation—every 5 years.

The 5-year reviews commenced during 2016 as required, however, given that there was one active matter to the social effect inquiry process and principles in progress at the time, being the South Australian Jockey Club's (SAJC) application for a social effect certificate for a gaming venue at St Clair, the Authority decided it was important to wait for the application to be finalised before proceeding with this matter.

Registration and Submissions

In the past, the Authority has conducted some public hearings as part of review processes. The Authority will not be conducting a public hearing as part of this review. Stakeholders can become involved by making a written submission.

Interested parties are invited to register an interest in the review by sending an email to by 4.00pm on Friday 16 February 2018. Please include the name of the registrant, organisation (if relevant), an email address and a contact telephone number. 

The closing date for final submissions is 4.00pm on Friday 30 March 2018.