LEGISLATION introduced in the ACT Legislative Assembly today will reduce red tape for clubs, according to ACT Minister for Gaming and Racing Joy Burch.Ms Burch said the Gaming Machine (Red Tape Reduction) Amendment Bill 2013 progresses work commenced last year through a Memorandum of Understanding she signed with Clubs ACT, which set the policy and reform agenda for the licensed club sector for the next four years.
“A key commitment in the MoU was that the ACT Government would conduct a broad review of the current regulatory regime faced by the club sector and identify areas for reform,” Ms Burch said.
The Bill contains amendments to the Gaming Machine Act 2004 to create a one-step process for the application, approval and decision with regards to acquiring a gaming machine and removes the requirement to approve encumbrances of existing gaming machines.
“These changes will reduce the paperwork for clubs associated with applying to purchase machines, and applying for approval of financial arrangements over existing machines,” said Ms Burch.
Another amendment will also make it easier for unallocated accumulated jackpot amounts to be returned to players.
Ms Burch said the Bill is the result of this consultative work with the clubs sector and work would continue to identify other areas where the Government can reduce red tape.