The New South Wales (NSW) government in Australia has implemented gaming machine reforms in order to regulate and control the use of gaming machines in the state. These reforms aim to reduce the harm caused by problem gambling and to provide greater protection for consumers.
Some of the key reforms include:
- Reduction in the number of gaming machines: The number of gaming machines in NSW has been capped at a certain level, and no new gaming machines can be added without the approval of the government.
- Limits on the amount that can be wagered: The amount that can be wagered on a single gaming machine spin has been limited to $5.
- Introduction of mandatory pre-commitment: Players are required to set a limit on the amount of money they are willing to spend before they start playing a gaming machine.
- Provision of information on gaming machine performance: Gaming machine manufacturers are required to provide information on the performance of their machines, including the average percentage of money returned to players.
- Restrictions on marketing and advertising: The advertising and marketing of gaming machines is regulated, with a focus on reducing the exposure of children and vulnerable people to gambling promotions.
The NSW government continues to monitor the impact of these reforms and make changes as needed to ensure they are effective in reducing harm and promoting responsible gambling.