Current News & Updates on New Gambling Legislation:  

Plans to ban frequent players under new legislation proposed by the Berejiklian Government would expect venues to identify and assist frequent players in laws that mirror current responsible service of alcohol laws. Proposed legislation would weigh venues with the burden of intervention for identified frequent players visiting their establishment.

Included with the NSW Government proposals which have been released for community consultation from the draft bill are:

  • The imposition of fines up to $27,500 on venues that allow self-excluded patrons to access gaming machines.
  • A novel third-party exclusion scheme that allows family members to intervene and seek venue bans for relatives from playing gaming machines.
  • Venues will be required to employ Gambling Contact Officers of which one should be always on duty within the venue. Gambling Contact Officers will receive advanced training in the responsible conduct of gambling.
  • The delivery of new whistle-blower protections for venue staff.

Alongside these legislative changes, there have also been suggestions that facial recognition technology could be implemented to monitor and identify frequent players at venues.

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