Vbar, a venue in inner Sydney, has been prosecuted under the Gaming Machines Regulation 2019 for violating measures to minimize gambling harm. The Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade has issued a strong warning to licensed venues, emphasizing the importance of compliance with regulations. Inspectors from Liquor & Gaming NSW (L&GNSW) discovered an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) located in an ‘ATM room’ attached to the gaming room, resulting in legal action.

The licensee has been ordered by the Local Court to pay AU$5,500 ($3,701) in costs after it was determined that the ATM was in the same area as the gaming machines. This violation was made evident by the prominent ‘ATM’ signage on the door connecting the gaming room.

This incident is part of L&GNSW’s intensified enforcement efforts, which have led to 16 penalty notices and 13 prosecutions for ATM location breaches in 2023.

Jane Lin, the Executive Director of Regulatory Operations at L&GNSW, stated that the ATM’s placement clearly violated the Gaming Machines Regulation 2019, which prohibits cash dispensing facilities from being located in the same area as approved gaming machines. Lin explained the importance of separating ATMs from gaming areas to prevent excessive spending and encourage breaks in play.

In addition, L&GNSW has recently taken action against SportChamps, a Sydney-based operator, for violating gambling advertising rules. SportChamps has been fined AU$17,500 and this marks the sixth conviction for similar offenses since 2017. L&GNSW’s ongoing crackdown on illegal gambling advertising includes a new fine structure with maximum penalties of AU$110,000 for companies and AU$11,000 for individuals found publishing prohibited gambling ads.

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