9 December 2019
The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is delivering its commitment to facilitate a sustainable gaming industry in Tasmania that supports freedom of choice, minimises harm, backs jobs and provides increased returns to fund Government services.
As promised, hotels and clubs will retain no less than 50 per cent of gross returns from gaming, with the new deal set to generate nearly $1 billion in total revenue for the Government over the 20 year licence period.
The total revenue generated of nearly $1 billion over 20 years is up to approximately $320 million more than under current settings, which will provide much needed funding for health, education and other essential services.
This is $1 billion in revenue that Labor and the Greens were prepared to sacrifice to win an election – revenue that will contribute to essential services over the next 20 years.
The Government’s Future of Gaming in Tasmania policy promises that the returns from gaming will be shared appropriately between the industry and the Government representing the community.
The framework being announced today will deliver a greater share of revenue for the Government, as well as to hotels and clubs, enabling them to invest more into their businesses and employ more Tasmanians.
Hotels and clubs will be individually licensed for the operations of Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs) in their venues within a strictly regulated environment.
We will end the monopoly and go to market for a Licensed Monitoring Operator (LMO), to provide monitoring and other regulated network services. This will occur following the passage of legislation next year, and will allow the LMO to commence a smooth transition process in 2022‑23.
Tasmania’s harm minimisation framework is already widely recognised as national best practice, and that will not change. Our policy will maintain the strong harm minimisation framework that applies to the Tasmanian gaming industry. In particular, the policy will effectively double the funds available for harm minimisation in the community through the Community Support Levy (CSL).
The Government is in ongoing discussions with the Federal Group regarding its Casino operations and we will have more to say in the new year.
The Tourism and Hospitality sector is a major employer in Tasmania, with around 37,000 people directly and indirectly employed. The Tasmanian Government will continue to support freedom of choice and back the future of jobs in the industry to ensure we deliver the best outcome for all Tasmanians.
Key features of the new licensing and taxation framework for the hotel and club sector are available in the attached fact sheet: