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2010-2011-2012

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

National Gambling Reform Bill 2012

 

 

(1)     Clause 3 , page 2 (lines 25 and 26) , omit “ amount of cash that can be withdrawn from an automatic teller machine that is ”, substitute “ use of automatic teller machines and electronic funds transfer systems ”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(2)     Clause 3 , page 2 (line 27) , omit “ (other than a casino) ”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(3)     Clause 3 , page 2 (line 29) , omit “ and automatic teller machines ”, substitute “ automatic teller machines and electronic funds transfer systems ”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(4)     Clause 3 , page 3 (line 1) , omit “ (other than casinos) ”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(5)     Clause 3, page 3 (line 8), after “precommitment”, insert “and of complying with the bet limit requirements”.

[bet limits]

(6)     Clause 4, page 4 (lines 26 and 27), omit “amount of cash users of gaming machines can access from automatic teller machines”, substitute “use of automatic teller machines and electronic funds transfer systems”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(7)     Clause 4, page 4 (line 28), omit “(other than casinos)”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(8)     Clause 4 , page 4 (line 32) , at the end of paragraph ( 2 )( e ), add “ and of complying with the bet limit requirements ”.

[bet limits]

(9)     Clause 5 , page 6 (after line 3) , after the definition of authorised person , insert:

bet limit requirements has the meaning given by section 6A.

[bet limits]

(10)   Clause 5 , page 7 (lines 24 to 28) , omit paragraph ( b ) of the definition of gaming machine premises , substitute:

                     (b)  for the purposes of Part 4 of Chapter 2 (ATM and electronic funds transfer ban), and any other provision of this Act to the extent that it relates to that Part—includes the entire premises (not just that part of the premises where the gaming machines are made available for use) and any area within the boundary of the property on which the premises is located.

[gaming machine premises]

(11)   Clause 5, page 8 (after line 15), after the definition of issuing officer , insert:

jackpot , in relation to a gaming machine, means the combination of letters, numbers, symbols or representations as part of a game on that machine that pays the maximum winnings payable on that machine for any one combination.

[bet limits]

(12)   Clause 5, page 9 (after line 4), after the definition of limit period , insert:

Note:          A person may set multiple limit periods for a State or Territory (see section 22A).

[cascading limits]

(13)   Clause 5, page 9 (after line 14), after the definition of limit period winnings , insert:

linked-jackpot arrangement means an arrangement under which a single jackpot operates over 2 or more gaming machines.

[bet limits]

(14)   Clause 5, page 9 (after line 18), after the definition of loss limit , insert:

Note:          A person may set multiple loss limits for a State or Territory (see section 22A).

[cascading limits]

(15)   Clause 5 , page 11 (line 30) to page 12 (line 4) , omit paragraphs ( a ) to (d) of the definition of reviewable decision .

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(16)   Clause 5, page 12 (after line 27), after the definition of small gaming machine premises , insert:

spin rate , in relation to a gaming machine, means the interval between spins on the gaming machine.

[bet limits]

(17)   Clause 5 , page 13 (lines 1 and 2) , omit the definition of withdraws more than the cash limit .

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(18)   Page 13 (after line 34), after clause 6, insert:

6A   Meaning of bet limit requirements

                   A gaming machine meets the bet limit requirements if:

                     (a)  its maximum bet per spin is $1; and

                     (b)  the maximum amount payable under a jackpot or a linked-jackpot arrangement is $500; and

                     (c)  it is not capable of accepting additional money or credit from a player if it stands in credit to the player to the value of $20 or more; and

                     (d)  it is not capable of accepting banknotes of a denomination greater than $20; and

                     (e)  it has a spin rate that ensures that, if it were to be played continuously at maximum intensity for 1 hour, the maximum hourly losses would be no more than $120.

 [bet limits]

(19)   Clause 7 , page 14 (line 7) , omit “ withdrawal limit ”, substitute “and electronic funds transfer ban ”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(20)   Clause 11 , page 15 (lines 9 and 10) , omit paragraph ( 2 )( c ), substitute:

                     (c)  automatic teller machines and electronic funds transfer systems that are on gaming machines premises.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(21)   Clause 11 , page 15 (after line 16) , at the end of the clause, add:

             (4)  For the purposes of subsection (2), a requirement is not a stricter requirement unless it is intended to achieve better outcomes for problem gamblers and/or their families and communities.

[ state and territory laws]

(22)   Heading to clause 14 , page 17 (line 13) , omit “ requirements ”, substitute “ and electronic funds transfer ban ”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(23)   Clause 14, page 17 (line 14), omit “withdrawal limit”, substitute “and electronic funds transfer ban”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(24)   Clause 14, page 17 (line 17), before “that”, insert “and electronic funds transfer system”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(25)   Clause 14 , page 17 (lines 18 and 19) , omit the note.

 [ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(26)   Clause 18 , page 19 (line 31) , omit “ 42, ”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(27)   Clause 18 , page 19 (line 32) , omit “ 43 or ”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(28)   Clause 19 , page 20 (lines 17 to 19) , omit all the words from and including “indicate , as part of ” to and including “ loss limit and ”, substitute “set a loss limit for the State or Territory. If a person”.

[loss limit must be set]

(29)   Clause 19 , page 20 (line 25) , omit “ or ”, substitute “ and ”.

[dynamic warnings]

(30)   Clause 19 , page 20 (line 28) to page 21 (line 4) , omit all the words from and including “ Under Part 4 ” to and including “ Part 5 ”, substitute “Under Part 4, automatic teller machines must not be on gaming machine premises, and electronic funds transfer systems on gaming machine premises must not allow a person to withdraw cash, unless there are no other facilities for withdrawing cash within 1 kilometre of the gaming machine premises”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(31)   Clause 19, page 21 (line 6), omit “and automatic teller machines”, substitute “automatic teller machines and electronic funds transfer systems”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(32)   Clause 19, page 21 (line 7), omit “(other than casinos)”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(33)   Clause 22 , page 23 (lines 2 to 9) , omit subclause (1), substitute:

Setting a loss limit

             (1)  A precommitment system for a State or Territory must require a person, who chooses to register for the State or Territory through that system, to set a loss limit for the State or Territory as part of the registration process.

[loss limit must be set]

(34)   Clause 22 , page 23 (after line 9) , after paragraph ( 1 )(b), insert:

Note 1A:    A person may set multiple loss limits for a State or Territory (see section 22A).

[cascading limits]

(35)   Clause 22 , page 23 (line 18) , after “ Note ”, insert “ 1 ”.

[cascading limits]

(36)   Clause 22 , page 23 (after line 18) , after the note, insert:

Note 2:       A person may set multiple limit periods for a State or Territory (see section 22A).

[cascading limits]

(37)   Heading to subclause 22 ( 3 ), page 23 (line 19) , omit “— if loss limit set ”.

[loss limit must be set]

(38)   Clause 22 , page 24 (lines 1 to 7) , omit subclause ( 4 ).

[loss limit must be set]

(39)   Page 24 (after line 11) , after clause 22 , insert:

22A  Setting multiple loss limits and limit periods for user who chooses to register

             (1)  A person may, through a precommitment system for a State or Territory, set multiple loss limits and limit periods for the State or Territory.

Note:          For example, a person may choose to limit the person’s net losses to $50 during 24 hours, $100 during a week and $200 during a month.

             (2)  The regulations may prescribe requirements for precommitment systems in relation to persons who set multiple loss limits and limit periods.

[cascading limits]

(40)   Clause 23 , page 24 (lines 17 to 19) , omit subclause ( 2 ).

[identification requirements]

(41)   Clause 23 , page 24 (line 23) , omit “( subject to subsection (2)) ”.

[identification requirements]

(42)   Clause 29 , page 29 (lines 2 to 4) , omit subclause ( 3 ).

[identification requirements]

(43)   Clause 29 , page 29 (line 7) , omit “( subject to subsection (3)) ”.

[identification requirements]

(44)   Clause 31 , page 31 (after line 13) , after subclause ( 5 ), insert:

Real time information

          (5A)  At any time while the person is using the gaming machine as a registered user, the precommitment system must allow the person to access real time information about:

                     (a)  the amount of money or credit that the person has spent during the person’s current session of use of the gaming machine; and

                     (b)  the matters mentioned in subsection 34(2).

[real time information]

(45)   Clause 34 , page 33 (after line 17) , after subclause ( 1 ), insert:

          (1A)  A person’s transaction statement must be able to be accessed by the person both at gaming machine venues and online.

[manner of accessing information]

(46)   Clause 38 , page 35 (line 14) , omit “ or ”, substitute “ and ”.

[dynamic warnings]

(47)   Part 4 , clauses 39 to 41 , page 36 (line 1) to page 37 (line 28) , omit the Part, substitute:

Part 4—ATM and electronic funds transfer ban for gaming machine premises

 

39  ATM ban for gaming machine premises

                   An automatic teller machine must not be on gaming machine premises unless there are no other facilities for withdrawing cash within 1 kilometre of the gaming machine premises.

Note 1:       For civil penalty provisions for automatic teller machines on gaming machine premises, see Part 3 of Chapter 3.

Note 2:       This section is not intended to affect a law of a State or Territory that is capable of operating concurrently (see section 11).

40  Electronic funds transfer ban for gaming machine premises

                   An electronic funds transfer system that is on gaming machine premises must not allow a person to withdraw cash unless there are no other facilities for withdrawing cash within 1 kilometre of the gaming machine premises.

Note 1:       For civil penalty provisions for electronic funds transfer systems on gaming machine premises, see Part 3 of Chapter 3.

Note 2:       This section is not intended to affect a law of a State or Territory that is capable of operating concurrently (see section 11).

 [ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(48)   Division 1 , clauses 42 to 45 , page 38 (line 3) to page 39 (line 23) , TO BE OPPOSED .

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(49)   Clause 51 , page 42 (after line 11) , after paragraph ( 1 )( b ), insert:

                   (ba)  the precommitment system will be used for all gaming machines in the State or Territory; and

[precommitment for all gaming machines]

(50)   Clause 51 , page 42 (line 19) , at the end of subclause ( 1 ), add:

             ; and (e)  if a precommitment system has previously been approved for the State or Territory—the new precommitment system will provide significant advantages over the previously approved system.

[new precommitment systems]

(51)   Clause 54 , page 44 (line 19) , at the end of subclause ( 1 ), add:

               ; or (e)  another precommitment system has been approved for the State or Territory under subsection 51(1).

[new precommitment systems]

(52)   Clause 57, page 46 (line 8), omit “and automatic teller machines”, substitute “, automatic teller machines and electronic funds transfer systems”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(53)   Clause 57 , page 46 (line 21) , omit “ a non-compliant automatic teller machine ”, substitute “an automatic teller machine or electronic funds transfer system”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(54)   Clause 57 , page 46 (lines 23 and 24) , omit “a non-compliant automatic teller machine”, substitute “an automatic teller machine or electronic funds transfer system”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(55)   Clause 58 , page 48 (lines 1 to 26) , omit subclauses ( 2 ) to ( 4 ).

[penalties]

(56)   Clause 58 , page 49 , (line 21) omit “ (2), ”.

[penalties]

(57)   Heading to Part 3 , page 50 (lines 1 and 2) , omit the heading, substitute:

Part 3—Automatic teller machines and electronic funds transfer systems that do not comply with requirements

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(58)   Clause 60, page 50 (line 12), after “machine”, insert “or electronic funds transfer system”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(59)   Clause 60, page 50 (line 19), after “machine”, insert “or electronic funds transfer system”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(60)   Division 2 , clauses 62 to 65 , page 51 (line 1) to page 52 (line 25) , omit the Division, substitute:

Division 2—Civil penalty provisions

62  Occupying premises containing automatic teller machine or electronic funds transfer system

                   A person contravenes this section if:

                     (a)  the person occupies premises; and

                     (b)  the premises are gaming machine premises; and

                     (c)  the person allows another person to provide either or both of the following devices (a relevant device ) on the premises:

                              (i)  an automatic teller machine;

                             (ii)  an electronic funds transfer system that would allow a person to withdraw cash; and

                     (d)  there is a facility for withdrawing cash within 1 kilometre of the gaming machine premises.

Civil penalty:          5 penalty unit s in relation to each day on which a relevant device is on the premises.

Note:          This section applies whether the person occupies premises alone or together with others (see section 8).

63  Providing an automatic teller machine or electronic funds transfer system

                   A person contravenes this section if:

                     (a)  the person provides either or both of the following devices (a relevant device ) on premises:

                              (i)  an automatic teller machine;

                             (ii)  an electronic funds transfer system that would allow a person to withdraw cash; and

                     (b)  the premises are gaming machine premises; and

                     (c)  there is a facility for withdrawing cash within 1 kilometre of the gaming machine premises.

Civil penalty:          10 penalty units in relation to each day on which the person provides a relevant device.

Note:          This section applies whether the person provides a relevant device alone or together with others (see section 8).

64  Civil penalty provision contravened without a person withdrawing cash

                   To avoid doubt, a person can contravene section 62 or 63 whether or not any person actually withdraws cash using an automatic teller machine or electronic funds transfer system.

 [ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(61)   Clause 78, page 61 (line 11), at the end of the clause, add “or of meeting the bet limit requirements”.

[bet limits]

(62)   Clause 79 , page 62 (lines 8 to 11) , omit paragraph ( c ), substitute:

                     (c)  the gaming machine:

                              (i)  does not comply with any one or more of the requirements prescribed by the regulations in relation to the capability of the gaming machine to provide for precommitment; or

                             (ii)  is not capable of meeting the bet limit requirements.

[bet limits]

(63)   Clause 80 , page 62 (lines 18 to 21) , omit paragraph ( b ), substitute:

                     (b)  the gaming machine:

                              (i)  does not comply with any one or more of the requirements prescribed by the regulations in relation to the capability of the gaming machine to provide for precommitment; or

                             (ii)  is not capable of meeting the bet limit requirements.

[bet limits]

(64)   Clause 85 , page 68 , (line 11) omit “ (4), ”.

[penalties]

(65)   Clause 85 , page 68 (line 28) to page 69 (line 22) , omit subclauses ( 4 ) to ( 6 ).

[penalties]

(66)   Clause 103, page 78 (lines 14 and 15), omit “public areas of”.

[inspections]

(67)   Clause 103, page 78 (lines 16 and 17), omit “and automatic teller machines”, substitute “, automatic teller machines and electronic funds transfer systems”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(68)   Heading to Part 4 , page 86 (line 1) , omit “ public areas of ”.

[inspections]

(69)   Heading to clause 116 , page 86 (line 4) , omit “ public areas of ”.

[inspections]

(70)   Clause 116 , page 86 (line 5) , omit “a public area of ”.

[inspections]

(71)   Clause 116 , page 86 (lines 21 to 23) , omit subclause ( 3 ).

[inspections]

(72)   Clause 116 , page 87 (line 4) , at the end of the definition of regulated device , add:

               ; or (d)  an electronic funds transfer system.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(73)   Clause 159, page 128 (line 26), after “automatic teller machine”, insert “or an electronic funds transfer system”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(74)   Clause 159, page 128 (line 28), after “automatic teller machine”, insert “or an electronic funds transfer system”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(75)   Clause 177, page 139 (lines 19 and 20), omit “non-compliant automatic teller machine”, substitute “automatic teller machine or electronic funds transfer system”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(76)   Clause 177, page 139 (lines 25 and 26), omit “non-compliant automatic teller machine”, substitute “automatic teller machine or electronic funds transfer system”.

[ban on ATMs and electronic funds transfer]

(77)   Clause 192 , page 151 (lines 10 to 13) , omit all the words from and including “ to determine ” to and including “Territories”, substitute “in relation to the requirements of Part 2 of Chapter 2 (precommitment systems)”.

[review of all trials]

(78)   Clause 193 , page 152 (lines 5 to 11) , omit subclause ( 1 ), substitute:

             (1)  This section applies if the Commonwealth agrees that a trial is to be conducted in relation to the requirements of Part 2 of Chapter 2 (precommitment systems).

[review of all trials]

(79)   Clause 193 , page 153 (lines 13 to 18) , omit subclause ( 4 ), substitute:

             (4)  As part of the inquiry, the Productivity Commission must consider the benefits of a precommitment system that applies to all gaming machine users in a State or Territory, as opposed to a precomitment system that does not apply to all gaming machine users in the State or Territory, in relation to reducing the harm caused by gaming machines:

                     (a)  to problem gamblers, and those at risk of experiencing that harm; and

                     (b)  to the families and communities of problem gamblers and of those at risk of experiencing that harm.

[content of review]

(80)   Clause 195 , page 154 (lines 16 to 19) , omit paragraph ( 1 )( a ), substitute:

                     (a)  under paragraph 11(1)(b) of the Productivity Commission Act 1998 , specify that the period within which the Commission must submit its report on that inquiry to the Productivity Minister is to be:

                              (i)  6 months; or

                             (ii)  such longer period, not exceeding 12 months, as the Commission requests and the Productivity Minister agrees; and

[reporting period]

(81)   Page 157 (after line 6) , after clause 197 , insert:

197A  Expert Advisory Group on Gambling may obtain information and documents

Making of request

             (1)  If a member of the Expert Advisory Group on Gambling believes on reasonable grounds:

                     (a)  that a person has particular information or a particular document; and

                     (b)  that the information or document is relevant to the performance of the functions of the Group;

the Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, in his or her capacity as a member of the Group, may request the person to give the information, or produce the document, to the Group.

Form of request

             (2)  A request given to a person under subsection (1) must:

                     (a)  be in writi ng; and

                     (b)  state what information the person must give, or what document the person must produce; and

                     (c)  specify the day on or before which the person must give the information or produce the document (which must be a day at least 14 days after the day on which the Director makes the request); and

                     (d)  specify how the person is to give the information, or produce the document, to the Group; and

                     (e)  include a statement to the effect that failing to comply with the notice is an offence.

Offence

             (3)  A person commits an offence if the person fails to comply with a request given to the person under subsection (1).

Penalty:   60 penalty units.

[powers of advisory group]