At Jacaranda Advisory we undertake a range of gaming licencing application and compliance for numerous clients within the hotel and club industry.
Working with numerous smaller and large scale venues within Queensland, Jacaranda have the expertise to assist with all your gaming licencing queries including, but not limited to:
- Gaming machine applications for clubs and hotels
- Extension of licence gaming trading hours
- Increases of approved number of electronic gaming machines
- Extensions or relocations of approved gaming areas
- Renewals, transfers or suspensions of gaming licences
- Gaming Community Impact Statements (CIS), Community Impact Analysis (CIA), Local Impact Assessment (LIA)
At Jacaranda Advisory we have the practical and technical experience to provide specialised and in depth support for gaming licencing issues.
New gaming application
If you are currently a licenced venue and wishing to introduce Electronic Gaming Machines (EGM’s) into your venue, the team at Jacaranda Advisory are able to assist throughout the whole process.
If you currently hold, or have applied for a commercial hotel licence, community club licence, subsidiary operator under a commercial special facility licence or prescribed liquor licence you may apply to the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) for a gaming machine licence.
A gaming Community Impact Statement (CIS) will need to be prepared along with further supporting documentation to determine the need and demand for gaming within your current or proposed venue. From determining the area of effect of gaming machines, gaming density, market impact and impressions and suitability, the introduction of gaming machines is a complex process. With plenty of experience in new gaming machine site application we will provide you with all the information to bring your idea to life.
If you would like more information or are considering adding gaming machine to your venue, please contact us for more information on 07 3367 1994 or contact us.
Extension of gaming approved trading hours
Currently the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) allows the extension of gaming trading hours past midnight (12am) throughout the week. These hours can be until 1am-5am subject to certain conditions.
From 1 June 2016 existing gaming licensees can apply to extend gaming for up to two hours beyond the approved liquor trading hours. This maximum gaming extension of hours is two hours after the sale of liquor ceases; as such, if you are approved to sell liquor up to midnight, you can apply to extend gaming hours until 2am.
Applications for more than one hour of extended trading is deemed to be of significant community impact and must be advertised for community comment and must be advertised for community comment.
All applications wishing to extend trading hours must be supported by a submission demonstrating a sustainable demand for gaming during the additional hours.
If you wish to learn more about extending your approved gaming trading hours, please contact us for further information on 07 3367 1994 or contact us.
Increase gaming machines
If you currently have Gaming Machines within your venue and are considering increasing the number, an application must be made with the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation. Dependant on the number of machines and type of licence associated with the venue, in depth analysis will need to be undertaken and consultation of the local community to gauge the impact of increased machine numbers.
Commercial hotels and community clubs requiring machine increases of under 10 and 20 machines respectively will only in most cases need limited information including plan submitted to the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR). Should the request for machines be above these numbers it is deemed to be of significant community impact and a statement of responsible gaming initiatives along with a Community Impact Statement (CIS) will also need to be prepared and submitted to OLGR.
When approved the next stage is to purchase either the gaming machine operating authorities (hotels) or entitlement (Clubs) dependant on your licence.
If you are a commercial hotel licensee that has been granted a gaming machine licence, you must obtain an ‘operating authority’ for each gaming machine you are approved to operate. Currently Queensland caps the number of gaming machines, as such they may only be obtained by participating in an authorised sale conducted by the Public Trustee of Queensland.
Similarly, if you are a community club licence that has been granted a gaming machine licence, you must obtain an ‘entitlement’ for each gaming machine you are approved to operate. Transfers of entitlements between clubs is permissible as well as purchases from the Public Trustee of Queensland pool of gaming machine entitlements.
The team at Jacaranda have vast experience in this process and can provide expert advice. If you are considering increasing your venues gaming machines, please contact us for further information contact us or call 07 3367 1994.
Relocations and extensions
If you are thinking about relocating part of your approved gaming area within your venue or possible increasing (extending) the size of the current approved gaming area, this needs to be approved by the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR).
The team at Jacaranda Advisory are highly skilled in organising any relocations or extensions to be approved by OLGR. Contact us or call 07 3367 1994.