Victorian gaming machines are regulated under the Gambling Regulation Act 2003. Under the Act, venue operators who hold gaming machine entitlements are required to pay a supervision charge to recover the costs of regulating gaming.
The Treasurer is responsible for determining the supervision charge.
The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) is an independent statutory authority that regulates and monitors compliance with the State’s gambling laws, to ensure the integrity of the gambling industry in Victoria.
On 19 March 2015, the Treasurer determined, by notice, the 2013-14 gaming supervision charge applying to venue operators holding gaming machine entitlements as follows:
Venue operators will be notified by way of invoice from the VCGLR.
Queries regarding supervision charge invoices and amounts payable should be made to the VCGLR by phone: 1300 182 457, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
On 16 August 2012, the Government introduced a venue operator based arrangement, whereby a venue operator must hold a gaming machine entitlement for each gaming machine in operation.
In 2013, to help determine the most suitable method to recover the costs of regulating gaming in a new industry environment, the Department of Treasury and Finance prepared a regulatory impact statement (see related publications) to formally assess the options available for recovering gaming regulatory costs through the supervision charge.
This regulatory impact statement:
The regulatory impact statement and draft notice to make a legislative instrument were released for public consultation on 7 June 2013. At that time eight organisations made a public submission– see related publications.
After considering the submissions, the former Treasurer decided to proceed with making the proposed legislative instrument, i.e. a two-tiered charge applied on the average number of gaming machine entitlements owned and electronic gaming machines operated.
A statement of reasons was also released that addressed the issues raised in the submissions and provided reasons for the final design of the supervision charge – see related publications.