Gaming Policy

Council Strategic Gaming Policy Document No: CPL295.11
Approval Date: 27 June 2006
Approved By: Council
Review Date: 30 June 2009
Responsible Officer: General Manager Community & Recreation Version No 00
Authorising Officer: Chief Executive Officer 

1. Introduction

This document represents the City of greater Geelong’s strategic policy response to gaming and includes the following components:-

  1. Strategic Policy Framework

  2. Responsible Gaming Principles

  3. Gaming pre-application check list

  4. Implementation Plan

2. Purpose

The purpose of the Strategic Gaming Policy is to communicate Council’s position in relation to gaming within the Municipality. The policy response will formalise the City’s approach to gaming. It will provide transparency and accountability for the City’s overall position on gaming which aims to;

  1. Provide an evidence basis for decision making

  2. Provide a strategic policy context that assists with the ongoing implementation and good governance of gaming

  3. Promote economic, social and environmental viability and sustainability of the municipality

  4. Improve the quality of life of the people by promoting principles of equity and access by limiting particular disadvantage via the implementation of the “no–disadvantage test”

  5. Provide leadership by establishing strategic objectives for gaming and monitor their achievement.

3. Scope

The strategic gaming policy has been developed within the legislative frameworks and policy contexts for the State of Victoria which requires the City of Greater Geelong to facilitate the implementation of ongoing licensing and management of Gaming as a legal activity within the municipality.

Gaming refers to those activities which give rise to and facilitate the operation of Electronic Gaming Machines (EGM’s) .

The City will undertake activities with respect to Gaming in accordance with the “City of Greater Geelong Strategic Gaming Policy” and appendices, the “Strategic Gaming Implementation Plan”, the “Responsible Gaming Statement”, the “Pre-Application Process Checklist” and the “Annual Gaming Action Plan”.

The Council’s gaming policy approach will direct Council decision-making and also help applicants in relation to gaming to understand Council’s objectives and requirements in relation to the operation of gaming venues within the municipality.,/p>

The Gaming Policy is based on five principles:

  • Gaming is a legal activity with the State of Victoria

  • The impact of gaming should not be unevenly distributed on particular communities / populations.

  • Whilst the total number of EGM’s in the City of Greater Geelong exceeds the statewide average, Council will not support any additional machines in the municipality.

  • Whilst there is an uneven spread of EGM’s in the municipality, Council will not consider the transfer of machines from a more advantageous area to a less advantageous area.

  • That gaming is carried out in an environment that develops and reinforces a commitment to responsible gambling.

4. References

  • City Plan 2010/2014

  • Greater Geelong Planning Scheme, Municipal Strategic Statement

  • Gambling Regulation Act (2003)

  • Local Government Act (1989)

  • Vision for Victoria

  • Fairer Victoria

  • Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan

  • State legislative context for Strategic Policy as detailed in the attachments

5. Definitions

Council’s Strategic Gaming Policy aims to provide Council with a policy position to assess gaming applications and their potential impact on the whole municipality and in specific, local areas. A measurement tool has been developed that considers a range of criteria to enable comparison with the municipality as a whole and the state of Victoria data. The following definitions are used as part of the analysis of the data for the purpose of this policy:

  • “No disadvantage” is defined as “of a health and wellbeing status which is not significantly different in composition to that of other residents on average in the State of Victoria.”

  • “No significant disadvantage” refers to a state whereby in all indices described in the policy in Attachment 1 there remains no significant difference between City of Greater Geelong indicators and those for the State of Victoria.

  • “Relative Advantage / Disadvantage” refers to the relative ranking, either of small areas as defined in this policy within the municipality of Greater Geelong, or Greater Geelong in comparison to the State of Victoria.

6. Quality Records

Quality Records shall be retained for at least the period shown below.

Record Retention/Disposal Responsibility Retention Period Location

7. Attachments

  • Background and strategic context for Strategic Gaming Policy.

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