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Reforms

On 12 December 2019, State Parliament passed legislation to significantly reform the regulation of gambling in South Australia.

From now until the end of the year, work is underway to prepare the sector for the new legislative and regulatory requirements. 

For more details about what is changing see: 

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Latest updates

Remake of Gaming Machine Regulations 2020

As part of the legislation expiry program in South Australia, the Gaming Machine Regulations 2005 were due to expire on 1 September 2020. 

The Government recently gave approval for these regulations to be remade in their present form as the Gaming Machine Regulations 2020, commencing 1 June 2020. 

The remade regulations are identical to the previous regulations, however contain a number of minor technical changes including: 

  • all references to 'he/she/him/her' have been changed to 'their/they/them' to reflect gender neutral language
  • the numbering of regulations is now numerically consecutive (ie no 'A' or 'B' after regulation numbers of (ab) in sub-regulations). 

A copy of these regulations is available on the SA Legislation website

The Government has been consulting with key stakeholders on further changes to these regulations that will support the wider gambling reform package coming into effect later this year. 

Facial Recognition Technology

As part of the gambling reform package, certain licensees operating gaming machines with banknote acceptors and the Adelaide Casino will need to operate a facial recognition system to identify barred persons about to enter a gaming area. 

Licensees will only be allowed to operate facial recognition systems that have been evaluated and approved by the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner. 

Facial recognition technology (FRT) providers will need to submit an application to Consumer and Business Services (CBS) so that their systems can be evaluated and approved. 

The Government has been consulting with key stakeholders, including FRT providers, on the minimum technical requirements for facial recognition systems. Once finalised, these will be published on this website so FRT providers can prepare their applications for evaluation. 

Applications are expected to open online later this year. 

New gaming machine technology

As part of the gambling reform package, gaming machines will be able to be operated using banknotes or tickets (commonly known as 'ticket-in ticket-out' or TITO) instead of coins. 

Gaming machines to be operated using banknotes or tickets in hotels and clubs will need to: 

  • comply with the Australian/New Zealand Gaming Machine National Standard 2016 (or any subsequent version)
  • be QCOM compliant (the communication protocol used by the IGC Monitoring System)
  • comply with certain transaction limits on the amount of banknotes and value of tickets to be inserted into a gaming machine. 

Gaming machine manufacturers will need to submit an application to CBS so that gaming machines fitted with banknote acceptors and ticket-enabled devices can be approved for use in South Australia. 

The Government has been consulting with key stakeholders, including gaming machine manufacturers and accredited testing organisations, on the minimum technical requirements for TITO systems. Once finalised, these will be published on this website so gaming machine manufacturers can prepare their applications for evaluation. 

Applications are expected to open online later in the year.

Consultation

Key stakeholders, including industry bodies and help service providers have been asked for their feedback on draft: 

  • Gambling Administration Regulations 2020
  • Authorised Betting Operations (Gambling Regulation) Variation Regulations 2020
  • Casino (Gambling Regulation) Variation Regulations 2020
  • Gaming Machines (Gambling Regulation) Variation Regulations 2020
  • minimum technical requirements for facial recognition systems
  • minimum technical requirements for ticket-in ticket-out TITO systems. 

Later in the year, additional consultation will take place on new: 

  • industry specific advertising and responsible gambling codes of practice
  • Community Impact Assessment Guidelines to assist applicants for new gaming machine licences and certain other gaming related applications
  • regulations governing the conduct of various lotteries and trade promotions under the new Lotteries Act 2019. 
Background

On December 1 2018, Consumer and Business Services (CBS) assumed responsibility for all gambling regulatory and policy functions in South Australia – including those previously overseen by the Independent Gambling Authority.

These reforms arose from recommendations in the review by the Hon Tim Anderson QC.

You can read the review on parliament.sa.gov.au by searching 'Tabled Papers and Petitions'.

Search instructions - In the 'Search Text' field, include the full name of the report - Gambling Regulation in South Australia, Administrative Review of - Report 9 December 2016.

    Related legislation

    These gambling laws are currently in effect:

    These gambling laws will commence later this year: 

    Resources

    Additional resources are outlined below: 

    Help with problem gambling

    If you need immediate help with problem gambling including if you want to be barred, or are already barred from a gaming venue and need further information please visit Help with problem gambling

    More information

    For queries relating to gambling regulation, enforcement or barring orders, contact CBS on
    131 882 or gamblingadministration [at] sa.gov.au