9 June 2011

Non-compliance with COAG’s best practice regulation requirements – gaming machine pre-commitment functionality – Select Council on Gambling Reform

On 27 May 2011, the members of the Select Council of Gambling Reform (consisting of Commonwealth, State and Territory Gambling Ministers) announced that all new gaming machines will be required to have pre-commitment functionality from a date to be agreed. Pre-commitment functionality allows gaming machine players to set a maximum expenditure limit over a selected period of time.

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) best practice regulation requirements apply to decisions by ministerial councils or other bodies where there is a reasonable expectation of widespread compliance. Under the COAG requirements a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) is prepared for the consultation stage, and for the decision stage.  

As RISs were not prepared for consultation or the decision, the OBPR has assessed the proposal as being non-compliant with the COAG best practice regulation requirements.

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