In a month-long effort led by Liquor and Gaming NSW (L&GNSW), it has been uncovered that nearly all inspected pubs and clubs in New South Wales (NSW) are now free of external gambling-related signs. This significant achievement is part of the Minns Government’s comprehensive reform on gaming room advertising.

Over 1,100 venues were inspected during the compliance program, covering 35 metropolitan and eight regional areas in NSW. These venues represent over half of all establishments with gaming machines in the state.

Out of these inspections, only 16 venues were found to have prohibited external signage, which is currently under investigation by L&GNSW. To ensure continued compliance and promote responsible gambling, L&GNSW has announced that venues with existing non-compliant signs or those attempting to bypass the legislation through new signage will face escalated enforcement measures starting from December 1, 2023. Violations can result in fines of up to AU$11,000 (US$7,002) per offense.

The removal of external gambling signs is just one aspect of the broader gaming reform initiatives by the NSW Government, aimed at reducing gambling-related harm. These efforts include reducing cash limits for new electronic gaming machines, capping gaming machine entitlements, introducing responsible gaming officers, and establishing an independent panel of experts to oversee the cashless gaming trial.

Minister for Gaming and Racing, David Harris, expressed his gratitude for the cooperation of the industry in this crucial endeavor. He commended licensees and industry bodies for their support in reducing gambling harm in the community.

Harris emphasized the positive and proactive collaboration with industry associations and venues across the state, ensuring education, information, and support throughout the process to achieve a high level of compliance.

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