Adelaide gaming venues have been put on notice to abide by new responsible gambling regulations following a recent blitz by Consumer and Business Services.
Last month, five CBD gaming venues were fined for not complying with new responsible gambling requirements that were introduced mid last year, Business Services and Consumers Minister Gail Gago said.
“Enhanced signage for gaming venues is a new requirement under the new Gambling Code of Practice.
“This includes a requirement to display prominent signage containing responsible gambling messages, information about gambling help services, and an outline of the designated gaming area.
“Inspectors from CBS visited 34 gaming venues over two days. Five of the venues inspected were pinged for not displaying correct signage and each venue was subsequently fined $1,200,” Ms Gago said.
Twelve of the venues inspected were found to be non-compliant in the regular keeping of internal responsible gambling documents.
“South Australia has strict internal reporting requirements that licensed venues must abide by to help mitigate problem gambling. This includes the internal reporting of problem gamblers identified at a licensed venue.
“Five other instances were identified in which several months’ worth of documentation was missing. Each of these licensees was fined $220 each.
“The remainder of licensees have received official warnings and all detected venues will be followed up by CBS regarding their compliance.
“CBS has undertaken much work with gaming licensees to ensure that they understand their new and existing requirements under the law.
“These particular requirements serve to increase awareness of problem gambling and promote responsible gambling behaviour.
“Let this serve as a warning for licensees: CBS will take appropriate action with those who do not comply with these mandatory requirements.”
For more information about the Gambling Code of Practice visit www.cbs.sa.gov.au