New initiative to help tackle problem gambling

10 May 2018

Gaming machines in all South Australian pubs and clubs have been connected to a new automated system that will help staff identify patrons who may be at risk of harm from gambling.

The new initiative, approved by the Board of the Independent Gambling Authority, has seen poker machines hooked up to an automated risk monitoring system.

The system monitors the activity on any given machine, alerting venue staff when patrons have reached a certain threshold of play, based on how long they have been at the machine, or how much they have spent.

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).

Changes coming in on 1 July 2016

30 June 2016

For casino and gaming stakeholders, the Office for Problem Gambling has advised of the approval of new campaign material (relevant to the in-venue messaging obligations) to be additional material for display. The formal approval starts on 1 July 2016 and distribution will be via the usual channels. A sample of the material is here.

Tax to be levied on "place of consumption" basis on betting activity from 1 July 2017

23 June 2016

The South Australian Government has announced a budget measure to tax all lawful wagering permitted by the Authorised Betting Operations Act 2000 on a place of consumption basis, from 1 July 2017.

The tax of 15% (subject to an annual threshold of $150,000 net wagering revenue) will apply to all betting transactions with people located in South Australia regardless of which Australian jurisdiction the gambling provider is licensed in. (Gambling by overseas licensed operators is illegal and both the operator and the bettor commit and offence if a bet is transacted.)