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.)

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.

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.

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.