Gaming trading hours
Gaming trading hours are fixed under Section 27(7) of the Gaming Machines Act 1992, and are included as a condition of the Gaming Machine Licence.
Any change to gaming hours requires an application to be lodged with Consumer and Business Services.
Gaming trading hours are set for each day of the week and can also include specific days such as public holidays. Gaming machines can not be operated for the 24 hour period of Christmas Day or Good Friday.
Gaming hours must fall within hours set under the Liquor Licensing Act 1997
Gaming trading hours must fall within the liquor trading hours authorised by the liquor licence under the Liquor Licensing Act 1997.
For example, if the liquor licence ceases trading at midnight, gaming trading must also cease at midnight. Unless the proposed gaming trading hours are indicated in the application, the Commissioner will fix a standard set of hours.
A change made to liquor trading hours does not automatically result in a change to gaming trading hours. A separate application is required.
Note: The gaming trading hours can be less than the liquor trading hours, but the liquor trading hours can not be less than the gaming trading hours.
Trading hours required for all public holidays or a specific public holiday must be specified in the application. This must correspond with the hours authorised under the Liquor Licensing Act 1997. If extended liquor trading hours are required, the licensee must apply to the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner.
New Year’s Day
On New Year’s Day hotel and club licensees are permitted to trade between midnight and 2 am as authorised under the Liquor Licensing Act 1997. If gaming trading hours are required between midnight and 2 am this must be specified in the application.
If gaming trading hours are required beyond 2 am this must be specified in the application and the licensee must also apply for corresponding liquor trading hours.
Note: Licensees must still comply with the mandatory six hour break, whatever configuration of trading hours is sought.
Gaming trading hours and limited licences
If a limited licence has been granted, for example a special occasion where the licensee wishes to trade beyond the hours approved on the liquor licence, the gaming trading hours can not be varied to correspond with the limited licence. In other words, gaming trading hours can not be extended for one off occasions.