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National Gambling Reform Bill 2012

2010-2011-2012

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

As passed by both Houses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Gambling Reform Bill 2012

 

No.      , 2012

 

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to provide for national gambling reform in relation to gaming machines, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Chapter 1—Preliminary                                                                                          1

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Guide to this Act................................................................................. 2

4............ Object of this Act................................................................................ 4

5............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 4

6............ Meaning of gaming machine ............................................................ 13

7............ References to premises...................................................................... 14

8............ Persons who engage in conduct alone or together with others.......... 14

9............ Meaning of small gaming machine premises ................................... 14

10.......... Act binds the Crown......................................................................... 14

11.......... Concurrent operation with State and Territory laws.......................... 15

12.......... Constitutional limitations................................................................... 15

Part 2—Application of this Act                                                                                    16

13.......... Application of precommitment system and dynamic warning requirements             16

14.......... Application of automatic teller machine requirements....................... 17

15.......... Application of manufacturing and importing requirements............... 17

16.......... Application of supervisory levy........................................................ 17

17.......... Application of gaming machine regulation levy................................ 18

18.......... Performance of functions etc. after commencement.......................... 19

Chapter 2—National gambling reforms                                              20

Part 1—Guide to this Chapter                                                                                      20

19.......... Guide to this Chapter........................................................................ 20

Part 2—Precommitment systems                                                                                 22

Division 1—Registration through precommitment system for user who chooses to register    22

20.......... When a gaming machine is not compliant......................................... 22

21.......... Precommitment system to provide for registration and cancellation.. 22

22.......... Registration process for user who chooses to register...................... 23

23.......... Identification requirements during registration for user who chooses to register      24

24.......... Exclusion from system—setting a loss limit of $0............................ 24

25.......... Requirements for limit periods for user who chooses to register...... 25

26.......... Changing, revoking and setting loss limits and limit periods after initial registration               26

27.......... When changes to loss limits or limit periods may take effect............ 26

Division 2—Precommitment system requirements if a person chooses to use a gaming machine as a registered user                                                                                      28

28.......... Registration of registered user to comply with requirements............. 28

29.......... Identification of registered user......................................................... 28

30.......... Monitoring and transmitting expenditure and winnings for registered user              29

31.......... Precommitment information for registered user................................ 30

32.......... No use of gaming machine by registered user after loss limit reached 31

Division 3—Other requirements for precommitment systems             33

33.......... Capability requirement for precommitment systems.......................... 33

34.......... Transaction statement for registered user.......................................... 33

35.......... Additional requirements for precommitment systems in regulations. 34

36.......... No national database of protected information from precommitment systems          34

Part 3—Dynamic warnings                                                                                             35

37.......... When a gaming machine is not compliant......................................... 35

38.......... Dynamic warnings............................................................................ 35

Part 4—ATM withdrawal limit for gaming machine premises (other than casinos)         36

39.......... ATM withdrawal limit for gaming machine premises (other than casinos)              36

40.......... Indexation......................................................................................... 36

41.......... Anti-avoidance—determination of gaming machine premises........... 37

Part 5—Provisions related to national gambling reforms                            38

Division 1—Exemptions from ATM withdrawal limit                              38

42.......... Exemptions from ATM withdrawal limit—regulations..................... 38

43.......... Exemptions from ATM withdrawal limit—application to Regulator. 38

44.......... Process for deciding exemptions....................................................... 39

45.......... Effect of exemptions on State or Territory law.................................. 39

Division 2—Approvals and licences for precommitment systems      40

Subdivision A—Approving precommitment systems                                       40

46.......... Applications for approvals................................................................ 40

47.......... Form of applications......................................................................... 40

48.......... Requiring further information........................................................... 40

49.......... Amendment and withdrawal of applications..................................... 41

50.......... Testing precommitment systems....................................................... 41

51.......... Approving precommitment systems and variations to approved terms and conditions             42

52.......... Notification of approvals................................................................... 43

53.......... Changes to precommitment requirements.......................................... 44

54.......... Revocation of approvals.................................................................... 44

55.......... Civil penalty for failing to provide precommitment system in accordance with approved terms and conditions       44

Subdivision B—Licences for providing etc. precommitment systems         45

56.......... Regulations may provide in relation to licensing persons who provide etc. precommitment systems       45

Chapter 3—Civil penalty provisions for non-compliance with national gambling reforms                                                                                                     46

Part 1—Guide to this Chapter                                                                                      46

57.......... Guide to this Chapter........................................................................ 46

Part 2—Gaming machines that do not comply with precommitment and dynamic warning requirements                                                                                                                                       47

58.......... Making non-compliant gaming machine available for use................. 47

Part 3—Automatic teller machines that do not comply with withdrawal limit requirements      50

Division 1—Constitutional provisions                                                                50

59.......... Application of this Part..................................................................... 50

60.......... Additional operation of this Part....................................................... 50

61.......... Part not to apply to State banking...................................................... 50

Division 2—Civil penalty provisions                                                                   51

62.......... Occupying premises containing non-compliant automatic teller machine 51

63.......... Providing non-compliant automatic teller machine............................ 51

64.......... Civil penalty provision contravened without a person withdrawing more than cash limit        52

65.......... Exception for premises covered by exemption and casinos............... 52

Chapter 4—Privacy                                                                                                    53

Part 1—Guide to this Chapter                                                                                      53

66.......... Guide to this Chapter........................................................................ 53

Part 2—Privacy                                                                                                                      54

Division 1—Offences for unauthorised disclosure or use of protected information        54

67.......... Offences for unauthorised disclosure or use of protected information 54

Division 2—Authorised disclosure or use by Regulator, other entrusted persons and others   57

Subdivision A—Authorised disclosure or use by Regulator, other entrusted persons and others               57

68.......... Authorised disclosure or use—official duties................................... 57

69.......... Who may disclose or use information in accordance with sections 70 to 73            57

70.......... Authorised disclosure—law enforcement......................................... 58

71.......... Authorised disclosure or use—consent............................................. 59

72.......... Authorised disclosure—threat to life or health.................................. 59

73.......... Authorised disclosure—publicly available information..................... 59

Subdivision B—Authorised disclosure by Regulator                                       59

74.......... Authorised disclosure—Minister...................................................... 59

75.......... Authorised disclosure—Commonwealth, State and Territory agencies 59

76.......... Authorised disclosure—research...................................................... 60

77.......... Authorised disclosure—summaries and statistics............................. 60

Chapter 5—Requirements for manufacturing and importing gaming machines          61

Part 1—Guide to this Chapter                                                                                      61

78.......... Guide to this Chapter........................................................................ 61

Part 2—Requirements for manufacturing and importing gaming machines        62

79.......... Manufacturing gaming machines...................................................... 62

80.......... Importing gaming machines.............................................................. 62

Chapter 6—Liability for, and collection and recovery of, supervisory and gaming machine regulation levies                                                     63

Part 1—Guide to this Chapter                                                                                      63

81.......... Guide to this Chapter........................................................................ 63

Part 2—Liability for supervisory levy                                                                      64

82.......... Purpose of supervisory levy............................................................. 64

83.......... Liability for supervisory levy............................................................ 64

84.......... Who is liable to pay the supervisory levy.......................................... 64

84A....... Cap on total amount of supervisory levy payable in a calendar year. 65

84B....... Setting an upper limit for cap on total amount of supervisory levy... 66

84C....... Review by Minister of upper limit for cap on total amount of supervisory levy       67

Part 3—Liability for gaming machine regulation levy                                   68

85.......... Liability for gaming machine regulation levy.................................... 68

86.......... Who is liable to pay the gaming machine regulation levy.................. 70

Part 4—Collection and recovery of supervisory and gaming machine regulation levies                72

Division 1—Assessment of levies                                                                           72

87.......... Regulator may make assessment of levies......................................... 72

88.......... Request for assessment..................................................................... 72

89.......... Levy liabilities do not depend on assessment.................................... 72

90.......... Regulator must give notice of the assessment................................... 72

91.......... Amendment of assessment................................................................ 73

92.......... Later assessment prevails in case of inconsistency............................ 73

93.......... Production of assessment is conclusive evidence.............................. 73

Division 2—Collection of levies                                                                              74

94.......... Right of contribution if persons are jointly liable.............................. 74

95.......... Returns.............................................................................................. 74

96.......... When levy due for payment.............................................................. 75

97.......... Late payment penalty......................................................................... 75

98.......... Payment of levy and late payment penalty......................................... 75

99.......... Recovery of levy and late payment penalty....................................... 76

100........ Refunds of overpayments of levy..................................................... 76

Division 3—Miscellaneous                                                                                        77

101........ Offence for failure to lodge a return.................................................. 77

102........ Regulations may provide in relation to assessment, collection and recovery            77

Chapter 7—Monitoring and investigation                                         78

Part 1—Guide to this Chapter                                                                                      78

103........ Guide to this Chapter........................................................................ 78

Part 2—Regulator                                                                                                                 80

104........ The Regulator.................................................................................... 80

105........ Functions of the Regulator................................................................ 80

106........ Powers of the Regulator.................................................................... 80

107........ Regulator may charge for services.................................................... 81

108........ Arrangements with other agencies.................................................... 81

109........ Consultants....................................................................................... 81

110........ Minister may give directions to the Regulator................................... 81

111........ Annual report.................................................................................... 81

Part 3—Authorised persons                                                                                           83

112........ Appointment of authorised persons.................................................. 83

113........ The Regulator is an authorised person.............................................. 84

114........ Identity cards..................................................................................... 84

115........ Offence for not returning identity card.............................................. 84

Part 4—Inspecting public areas of gaming machine premises                  86

116........ Inspection powers in public areas of gaming machine premises....... 86

Part 5—Monitoring                                                                                                              88

Division 1—Monitoring powers                                                                             88

117........ Authorised person may enter premises by consent or under a warrant 88

118........ Monitoring powers of authorised persons........................................ 88

119........ Operating electronic equipment......................................................... 89

120........ Accessing data held on certain premises—notification to occupier... 90

121........ Expert assistance to operate electronic equipment............................. 91

122........ Securing evidence of the contravention of a related provision........... 92

Division 2—Persons assisting authorised persons                                        94

123........ Persons assisting authorised persons................................................ 94

Division 3—Monitoring warrants                                                                         95

124........ Monitoring warrants......................................................................... 95

Part 6—Investigation                                                                                                          97

Division 1—Investigation powers                                                                         97

125........ Authorised person may enter premises by consent or under a warrant 97

126........ Investigation powers of authorised persons...................................... 97

127........ Operating electronic equipment......................................................... 98

128........ Accessing data held on certain premises—notification to occupier... 99

129........ Expert assistance to operate electronic equipment........................... 100

130........ Seizing evidence of contraventions of related provisions................ 101

Division 2—Persons assisting authorised persons                                      103

131........ Persons assisting authorised persons.............................................. 103

Division 3—General provisions relating to seizure                                   104

132........ Copies of seized things to be provided............................................ 104

133........ Receipts for seized things................................................................ 104

134........ Return of seized things.................................................................... 104

135........ Issuing officer may permit a seized thing to be retained.................. 105

136........ Disposal of seized things................................................................ 106

137........ Compensation for acquisition of property....................................... 106

Division 4—Investigation warrants                                                                   108

138........ Investigation warrants..................................................................... 108

139........ Investigation warrants by telephone, fax etc.................................... 109

140........ Authority of warrant....................................................................... 110

141........ Offence relating to warrants by telephone, fax etc........................... 111

142........ Completing execution of an investigation warrant after temporary cessation            112

143........ Completing execution of an investigation warrant stopped by court order               113

Part 7—General provisions relating to monitoring and investigation 114

Division 1—Obligations of authorised persons in entering premises 114

144........ Consent........................................................................................... 114

145........ Announcement before entry under warrant..................................... 114

146........ Authorised person to be in possession of warrant.......................... 115

147........ Details of warrant etc. to be given to occupier................................. 115

Division 2—Other powers of authorised persons                                       117

Subdivision A—Asking questions and seeking production of documents 117

148........ Authorised person may ask questions and seek production of documents               117

Subdivision B—Opening gaming machines                                                     118

149........ Authorised person may open gaming machines.............................. 118

150........ Authorised person to notify about broken seals and reseal gaming machines          119

151........ Relationship with State or Territory laws........................................ 120

Division 3—Occupier’s rights and responsibilities on entry                 122

152........ Occupier entitled to observe execution of warrant........................... 122

153........ Occupier to provide authorised person with facilities and assistance 122

Division 4—Miscellaneous                                                                                      123

154........ Powers of issuing officers.............................................................. 123

155........ Compensation for damage to electronic equipment......................... 123

156........ Compensation for damage to gaming machine................................ 124

Part 8—Requiring persons to give information, produce documents and keep records                126

157........ Power to require persons to give information, produce documents or answer questions         126

158........ Translation of documents................................................................ 127

159........ Record keeping requirements.......................................................... 128

Chapter 8—Enforcement                                                                                   130

Part 1—Guide to this Chapter                                                                                    130

160........ Guide to this Chapter...................................................................... 130

Part 2—Civil penalty provisions                                                                                131

Division 1—Obtaining a civil penalty order                                                  131

161........ Civil penalty orders......................................................................... 131

162........ Civil enforcement of penalty........................................................... 132

163........ Conduct contravening more than one civil penalty provision.......... 132

164........ Multiple contraventions................................................................... 132

165........ Proceedings may be heard together................................................. 132

166........ Civil evidence and procedure rules for civil penalty orders............. 133

167........ Contravening a civil penalty provision is not an offence................. 133

Division 2—Civil proceedings and other enforcement action             134

168........ Civil proceedings after other enforcement action............................. 134

169........ Other enforcement action during civil proceedings......................... 134

170........ Other enforcement action after civil proceedings............................. 135

171........ Evidence given in civil proceedings not admissible in criminal proceedings            135

Division 3—Miscellaneous                                                                                      136

172........ Ancillary contravention of civil penalty provisions......................... 136

173........ Mistake of fact................................................................................ 136

174........ State of mind................................................................................... 137

175........ Civil penalty provisions contravened by employees, agents or officers 137

Part 3—Infringement notices                                                                                       138

176........ When an infringement notice may be given..................................... 138

177........ Matters to be included in an infringement notice............................. 138

178........ Extension of time to pay amount..................................................... 139

179........ Withdrawal of an infringement notice............................................. 140

180........ Effect of payment of amount........................................................... 141

181........ Effect of this Part............................................................................ 142

Part 4—Injunctions                                                                                                            143

182........ Grant of injunctions........................................................................ 143

183........ Interim injunctions.......................................................................... 143

184........ Discharging or varying injunctions................................................. 144

185........ Certain limits on granting injunctions not to apply.......................... 144

186........ Other powers of a relevant court unaffected.................................... 144

Part 5—Enforceable undertakings                                                                          145

187........ Acceptance of undertakings............................................................ 145

188........ Enforcement of undertakings.......................................................... 146

Part 6—Compliance notices                                                                                          147

189........ Compliance notices......................................................................... 147

190........ Review of compliance notices......................................................... 149

Part 7—Miscellaneous                                                                                                      150

191........ Regulator may publicise certain offences and contraventions.......... 150

Chapter 9—Research, reviews and other provisions             151

Part 1—Guide to this Chapter                                                                                    151

192........ Guide to this Chapter...................................................................... 151

Part 2—Research, reviews and other provisions                                             152

Division 1—Research and reviews                                                                     152

193........ Productivity Commission review of results of trial if trial conducted 152

194........ Productivity Commission review of other matters.......................... 153

195........ Requirements for referrals to Productivity Commission and reports 154

196........ Research into gambling................................................................... 155

197........ Expert Advisory Group on Gambling............................................. 156

Division 2—Other provisions                                                                                158

198........ Internal review of reviewable decisions.......................................... 158

199........ AAT review of decisions................................................................ 159

200........ Delegation....................................................................................... 160

201........ Regulations..................................................................................... 160