NSW regulator issued 77 notices as part of compliance checks
Liquor and Gaming NSW has issued 77 notices to licensed operators as part of its compliance program.
Throughout the last half year, the gambling regulator has conducted a total of more than 800 compliance checks on its licensed operators. The first phase of the authority’s compliance program has resulted in 77 notices for various breaches, three of which have led to full-fledged prosecutions for more substantial shortcomings.
The authority stated that most venues offering gambling services were fully compliant with the state’s laws, however, major failures could still be found across NSW. These shortcomings include bars and pubs offering gambling services as their main offerings, locating gambling machines in parts of the property that customers need to pass through to access other parts of the venue, and placing ATMs in close proximity to gambling terminals.
The regulator is going to be continuing its compliance initiative with a second phase, which is estimated to carry out more than 500 additional checks across the Australian state in various licensed clubs, pubs, and other establishments that offer gambling services of any kind.
Liquor and Gaming NSW added that it will be moving forward with the investigations with a “zero-tolerance” approach to ensure the adequate implementation and use of prominent gambling harm mitigation strategies across the state.