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Gambling Harm Reduction (Protecting Problem Gamblers and Other Measures) Bill 2016

2016

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Gambling Harm Reduction (Protecting Problem Gamblers and Other Measures) Bill 2016

 

No.      , 2016

 

(Mr Wilkie)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to provide a regulatory framework for poker machines that will reduce the harm to problem gamblers, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

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

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

3............ Object of Act....................................................................................... 2

4............ Application of Act............................................................................... 2

5............ Relationship with State and Territory law........................................... 2

6............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 3

7............ Constitutional limitations..................................................................... 4

Part 2—Restrictions on the operation of poker machines                             5

8............ Management and utilisation of poker machines................................... 5

9............ Regulation of parameters of practical operation of poker machines..... 6

10.......... Variation of parameters of practical operation of poker machines....... 6

Part 3—Implementation of mandatory precommitment capabilities      7

11.......... Poker machines to be capable of precommitment................................ 7

12.......... Mandatory registration process for users............................................ 7

13.......... Identification requirements during registration.................................... 8

14.......... Self exclusion from poker machines—setting a loss limit of $0.......... 8

15.......... Requirements for limit periods............................................................ 9

16.......... Changing loss limits and limit periods after initial registration............ 9

17.......... When changes to loss limits or limit periods may take effect............ 10

18.......... Identification of registered user......................................................... 10

19.......... Monitoring and transmitting expenditure and winnings.................... 11

20.......... Precommitment information for registered user................................ 12

21.......... No use of poker machine after loss limit reached.............................. 13

22.......... Capability requirement for precommitment systems.......................... 14

23.......... Transaction statement for registered user.......................................... 14

24.......... Additional requirements for precommitment systems....................... 15

25.......... Approving precommitment systems and variations to approved terms and conditions             15

26.......... Notification of approvals................................................................... 16

27.......... Changes to precommitment requirements.......................................... 17

28.......... Revocation of approvals.................................................................... 17

29.......... Reviewable decisions before the AAT.............................................. 18

Part 4—ATM withdrawal limit for poker machine premises                    19

30.......... ATM withdrawal limit for poker machine premises.......................... 19

31.......... Indexation......................................................................................... 19

32.......... Anti-avoidance—determination of poker machine premises............. 19

33.......... Exemptions from the operation of Part 4........................................... 20

34.......... Reviewable decisions before the AAT.............................................. 21

Part 5—The Regulator                                                                                                      22

35.......... The Regulator.................................................................................... 22

36.......... Functions of the Regulator................................................................ 22

37.......... Powers of the Regulator.................................................................... 22

38.......... Regulator may charge for services.................................................... 23

39.......... Arrangements with other agencies.................................................... 23

40.......... Consultants....................................................................................... 23

41.......... Minister may give directions to the Regulator................................... 23

42.......... Annual report.................................................................................... 23

Part 6—Civil penalties                                                                                                        25

43.......... Pecuniary penalties for contravention of civil penalty provisions...... 25

44.......... Contravening a civil penalty provision is not an offence................... 26

45.......... Recovery of a pecuniary penalty....................................................... 26

Part 7—Minimum uniform national standards and national monitoring network            27

46.......... Uniform national standards and national monitoring network........... 27

Part 8—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        28

47.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 28

 



A Bill for an Act to provide a regulatory framework for poker machines that will reduce the harm to problem gamblers, and for related purposes

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