Betting approved for Marree "picnic" race meeting—11 June 2016

10 June 2016

On 30 May 2016, the Authority formally approved the taking of bets by licensed bookmakers on the picnic race meeting being held at Marree on 11 June 2016. The notice was published in today's Government Gazette (and is available from the gazetted instruments page).

As the Marree Picnic Race Club is not a licensed racing club, special contingency approval is required to allow betting on this traditional activity. The contingencies are not approved for Ubet or authoirsed interstate betting operators and, in practice, betting will be limited to a bookmaker at the racecourse.

Red-tape reduction—copies of codes of practice

9 June 2016

With the publication of the Gambling Codes of Practice (General) Variation Notice 2016, gambling providers will no longer need to provide a copy of the whole code of practice on request if they have an approved summary available. Of course, the codes are an essential document for gambling providers to have on premises (so that they can know what their obligations are), but they will no longer be required to keep a current printed version available to provide on request.

Predictive monitoring consultation finalised

9 June 2016

The Independent Gambling Authority has now completed the consultation process by which it further considered the requirement that gambling loyalty programs include a facility for the predictive monitoring of the patterns of gamblers' play with purpose of intervening in cases where there is a risk of problem gambling. The act of completion was the publishing of a variation notice to the relevant codes of practice in the Government Gazette.