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What permits do I need?

If you run a club or hotel and want to operate gaming machines, you will need permits and entitlements. The information links below will help you.

    Clubs

    Registered clubs, which are clubs with a liquor licence, can operate gaming machines only if they have Gaming Machine Entitlements (GME). You need a GME to operate each gaming machine.  

    The number of gaming machines you can have at your venue depends on the Gaming Machine Threshold (GMT) for your club.

    Your club liquor licence document shows what the GMT allowance is. New liquor licences start with a GMT of zero.

    If you want to operate gaming machines you need to follow these 3 steps:

    Step 1: Apply and get approval to increase your GMT to the number of gaming machines you want to operate.

    Step 2: Get a GME for each gaming machine you want to operate – you can buy entitlements from other clubs or negotiate through a GME broker, as the government is not creating any new entitlements for clubs.

    Step 3: Apply for a GME transfer approval once you've made an agreement to buy the GMEs.

    Hotels

    Hotels with a liquor licence can operate gaming machines only if they have Gaming Machine Entitlements (GME) or Poker Machine Permits (PMP). Only hotels use PMPs.  

    You need a GME or a PMP to operate each gaming machine.

    The number of gaming machines you can operate at your venue depends on the Gaming Machine Threshold (GMT), which is shown on your liquor licence document.

    New liquor licences start with a GMT of zero. The maximum number of GMEs and PMPs your hotel can operate is 30.

    If you want to operate gaming machines you need to follow these 3 steps:

    Step 1: Apply and get approval to increase your GMT to the number of gaming machines you want to operate.

    Step 2: Get a GME or PMP for each gaming machine you want to operate – you can buy them from other hotels or negotiate through a broker, as the government is not creating any new entitlements or permits for hotels.

    Step 3: Apply for a GME transfer approval once you've made an agreement to buy the GMEs.

    Casinos

    Gaming machines in casinos operate under different regulations.

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