Section 52 of the Gaming Machines Act 1992 makes it an offence to provide credit for the purposes of playing gaming machines.
It is an offence for a licensee, a gaming machine manager or gaming machine employee to lend money to a person who is in or about to enter any part of a licensed premises that has a gaming machine licence.
This is regardless of what the money is to be used for i.e. drinks, meals or playing gaming machines.
However, this does not preclude the venue from running a ‘bar tab’ for drinks.
It is also an offence for a licensee, a gaming machine manager or gaming machine employee to:
- allow a person to use a credit card (VISA, Mastercard, Bankcard etc) or charge card (AMEX or Diners type cards) where they could reasonably be expected to know that the money will be used for playing gaming machines at that venue.
- extend or offer credit to a person for the purpose of playing gaming machines at the venue or where they could reasonably be expected to know that the money will be used for that purpose.
Cheques are permitted to be cashed in any area of a venue except the designated gaming area.
Cashing of cheques is not deemed to be providing credit.