NSW opens consultation on new gambling bill

The regulation will allow players to self-exclude via an online portal.
The regulation will allow players to self-exclude via an online portal.

If the new regulation is passed, casinos will be responsible for identifying and helping players who show evidence of harmful gambling behaviour.  

Australia.- The New South Wales (NSW) government has opened a public consultation to allow citizens to express opinions on proposed changes to gambling regulations aimed to reduce gambling harm.  

The Gaming Machines Amendment Bill 2020 was drawn up to update the Gaming Machines Act of 2001 in order to provide support for players as well as business owners to help minimise gambling-related harm.

If the bill is passed, instead of only providing help with negative gambling behaviour to those who ask for it, club and hotel owners will have to actively identify and assist machine players who show signs of gambling harm.

They would have to name a dedicated member of staff to be in charge of this duty and to undergo advanced Responsible Conduct of Gambling training.

Players will be able to self-exclude online, and family members will be allowed to ask venues to ban relatives who show signs of gambling problems.

The NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) said the bill will also establish increased penalties for violations and new whistle-blower protection for club and hotel staff.  

Another change will be that any winnings gained by people who have been excluded or are aged under 18 will be destined to a specific fund with the goal of financing programs and initiatives to help reduce gambling harm. 

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