The ACT Government is reducing the harmful impacts of gambling across our community, while ensuring a sustainable and diverse club sector. We are working with the industry to ensure clubs of all sizes diversify while we reduce the number of poker machines in the ACT.
$1.1 million in support through the Problem Gambling Assistance Fund
The Gambling and Racing Commission funds projects from the Problem Gambling Assistance Fund to help minimise harm from gambling.
These include funding of the ACT Gambling Counselling and Support Service, delivery of Gambling Harm Awareness week, and a review of Responsible Conduct of Gambling training. The Government provides over $7.5 million a year for racing codes, and a 50 per cent gaming machine tax rebate to small and medium clubs to diversify their income. This year, we also provided Community Club Grants of $10,000 to 14 local clubs.
Reducing the number of poker machines in the ACT
The ACT Government has committed to reducing the number of poker machines across the Territory to 4,000 by 2020.
As part of this transition, an independent expert has been commissioned to design a Club Industry Diversification Support Package that will help local clubs reduce their reliance on gaming machine revenue, while strengthening and expanding the services and recreation options they provide to the community.
Point of Consumption Wagering Tax will commence on 1 January 2019. We will help to level the playing field between different types of betting operators by introducing a tax of 15 per cent of net wagering revenue on all bets placed in the ACT or by ACT residents. This tax on betting operators will go back to supporting services for Canberrans.