The Community Gaming Act 2018 and the Community Gaming Regulation 2020 started on 1 July 2020.
They replace the Lotteries and Art Unions Act 1901 and the Lotteries and Art Unions Regulation 2014.
While much of the existing framework has been retained, the new regime will provide a more streamlined and principles-based approach to community gaming.
The changes will minimise regulatory burden, remove unnecessary red tape and provide greater flexibility to operators.
Key changes include:
- Replacing activity-based permits with duration-based authorities (1, 3 or 5 years)
- Increasing thresholds to only require gaming activities with high total prize values to hold an authority
- Removing the cap on ticket price for all permitted gaming activities
- Introducing a less prescriptive “rules” scheme that allows operators to set their own conditions to gaming activities
- Prescribing general fairness and accountability provisions that require operators to conduct gaming activities with integrity
- Introduction of penalty infringement notice offences when the laws are not followed.
How the changes effect specific types of gaming
For information on how to run community gaming under these new laws, see Community gaming