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Feedback sought on Victorian wagering and betting licence

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The Department of Justice and Regulation has released a discussion paper to seek views from industry and the community on current and future wagering and betting licensing arrangements in Victoria.

Victorians lose $2.695 billion on pokies in 2017–2018

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On 27 July 2018, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation released figures on pokies expenditure for the 2017–2018 financial year.

Commission grants application for additional 15 pokies at Darebin RSL

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On 13, 20 and 27 April 2018, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Darebin RSL Sub-Branch Inc to increase the number of pokies at the Darebin RSL from 65 to 80.

Commission grants application for additional 10 pokies at the Tiger's Clubhouse

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On 5 and 6 April 2018, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Werribee Football Club Limited to increase the number of pokies at The Tiger's Clubhouse in Hoppers Crossing from 75 to 85.

Commission grants application for additional 5 pokies at Horsham Sports & Community Club

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On 26 March 2018, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Horsham Sports & Community Club Ltd to increase the number of pokies at the Horsham Sports & Community Club from 78 to 83.

Commission refuses application for new pokies venue at Officer Hotel

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On 4 and 10 April 2018, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation will hear an application from Station Hotel Officer Pty Ltd to introduce 80 pokies at the Officer Hotel in the Shire of Cardinia.

Update on changes to EFTPOS in pokies venues

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Amendments to the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 passed by the Victorian Parliament late last year include changes to the amount of money accessible by EFTPOS in hotels and clubs operating pokies and the actions staff are required to take when customers wish to withdraw cash.

Foundation attends Senate inquiry on banning of gambling advertisements during live sport

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In December 2017, the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee commenced an inquiry on the Communications Legislation Amendment (Online Content Services and Other Measures) Bill 2017.

Credit betting ban for online wagering providers to commence on 17 February

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Legislative amendments to commence on 17 February 2018 will ban online wagering providers, such as online bookmakers, from offering credit to Australian punters. This includes offering punters a deferred settlement facility.

Victorians lost $13 million more on the pokies in past six months

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On 29 January 2018, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation released figures on pokies expenditure for the six months from July to December 2017.

Commission grants application for additional 16 pokies at the Bendigo Club

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On 1 November 2017, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Kilmore Racing Club Inc to increase the number of pokies at the Bendigo Club in the City of Greater Bendigo from 44 to 60.

Commission refuses application for additional 20 pokies at Club Officer

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On 31 October and 13 November 2017, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Pakenham Racing Club Inc to increase the number of pokies at Club Officer, in the Shire of Cardinia, from 60 to 80.

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal affirms VCGLR decision to refuse 40 pokies at Commercial Hotel in South Morang

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The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) will determine an appeal against the recent decision by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) to refuse an application to introduce 40 pokies at the Commercial Hotel in South Morang.

Commission grants application for additional 10 pokies at Portarlington Golf Club

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On 26 September 2017, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Portarlington Golf Club Inc to increase the number of pokies at the Portarlington Golf Club in the City of Greater Geelong from 55 to 65.

Commission grants application for additional 10 pokies at Berwick Springs Hotel

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On 29 August 2017, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Zagame's Berwick Springs Hotel Pty Ltd to increase the number of pokies at the Berwick Springs Hotel in the City of Casey from 95 to 105.

New gambling harm measures to be introduced

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The Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Marlene Kairouz, has announced new measures to be introduced to reduce the harms from gambling.

Gambling ads to be banned near schools, roads and public transport

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The Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Marlene Kairouz, has announced new laws that will ban betting advertising on roads, public transport, and within 150 metres of all Victorian schools.

Gambling ministers agree to stronger online gambling protections

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Commonwealth and state and territory gambling ministers recently met, for the third time, to establish a strong, consistent and best practice National Consumer Protection Framework for online wagering.

Commission refuses application for new pokies venue at the Wellington at Botanical Gardens, White Hills

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On 4 July 2017, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Bendigo Stadium Ltd to introduce 44 pokies at the Wellington at Botanical Gardens in the City of Greater Bendigo.

New gaming machine allocation system and tax rates announced

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The Victorian government has announced further details of the post-2022 gaming machine arrangements, including the allocation and pricing of future gaming machine entitlements, and new tax arrangements to apply from August 2022.

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