99% of venues found to comply with NSW gambling signage laws
A recent investigation carried out by Liquor and Gaming NSW has uncovered that the vast majority of local businesses comply with the Australian state’s recently passed outdoor gambling signage laws.
The review predominantly focused on the state’s new external gambling signage laws, which outlawed the placement of any related signage outside of businesses that offer gambling experiences. This law went into effect on the first of September, with its main aim being to protect problem gamblers for whom various types of gambling signage could be triggering.
The investigation lasted for around a month, during which more than 1100 pubs and other venues were inspected in a total of 43 separate regions across the state, 35 of which were metropolitan areas. This covered a bit over than half of all licensed gambling businesses in NSW and found that only 16 venues had gambling signage present in prohibited locations.
Liquor and Gaming NSW stated that it will be assessing these cases to determine why the operators in question have not taken down the prohibited signs yet. The regulator added that if the companies are not able to prove that something outside of their control was the main cause for the delays, they will be faced with fines.
Additionally, the regulator also found several companies that had placed their signage in certain locations that appeared to have been chosen to circumvent the new regulations. The authority stated that it will be investigating these cases as well to assess whether enforcement actions are necessary for them.