The NSW Parliament has passed a major package of reforms that represent a significant change to gaming regulation in NSW. The reforms include an overhaul of the Local Impact Assessment (LIA) scheme that regulates gaming machine movements, a new leasing scheme and a cap on the number of gaming machines in higher-risk communities.
The new laws provide for more focused LIA assessments based on Australian Bureau of Statistics areas, commonly referred to as SA2’s, not Local Government Areas. These SA2s are much smaller with around 10,000 people in each statistical area.
The Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority will rank all SA2s into three bands. Similar to the existing arrangements, the ability of Clubs to increase their gaming machine threshold and the steps they need to take apply for a threshold increase will depend on their band classification.