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​Local Impact Assessment

The Local Impact Assessment (LIA) looks at the impact to communities of an increase in gaming machines. The LIA process ensures local councils, police and residents have a say in what happens in their community.

An LIA is completed by clubs or hotels that request an increase to gaming machines in their venues,​​ or when a hotel or club changes location.

LIAs that are pending approval can be viewed on the LIA public register.

What is a Local Impact Assessment

    A Local Impact Assessment (LIA) is designed to assess the impact of additional gaming machines on the local community.

    The LIA process ensures that individuals and organisations can make a submission in response to a gaming machine threshold increase proposed by a club or a hotel.

    You don't need to submit an LIA with your threshold increase application if you apply for transfer of gaming machine entitlements or permits:

    1. within the same Local Government Area (LGA);  or
    2. if your venue is located in a Band 1 LGA and, if the application is approved, the total threshold increase for the venue in the past 12 months would not exceed 20.

    All LIAs (both pending and determined) can be viewed on the LIA Public Register. ​

    A merits review of contentious licensing decisions and disciplinary matters can be sought by persons with standing to the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT). The review of licensing decisions, which  includes decisions in relation to an application for an increase in gaming machine threshold requiring a Local Impact Assessment - Class 2, apply to applications lodged with ILGA from 1 March 2016.​​​

    NCAT decisions on licensing matters will be published on the ​NSW Case Law ​​website under the Administrative and Equal Opportunity Division as they become available. ​

    For further information about the liquor and gaming review process visit the About Review Process page.

    Local Government Area Classification

    Each local government area (LGA) is classified as Band 1, Band 2 or Band 3 LGA, depending on local factors such as gaming machine density, gaming machine expenditure and evidence of socio-economic risk factors.

    Following the recent amalgamation of a number of LGAs in NSW, the Authority has revised the  classification of LGAs The revised classifications came into effect affective from  3 November 2016.

    Any applications for gaming machine threshold increase are determined based on LGA classification effective at the time of assessment of the application.


    View the All Local Government Areas (LGAs) by band fact sheet ​(PDF, 175KB).

    Note: Bayside Council recently formed from The City of Botany Bay and Rockdale City Council has not yet been classified into a Band. This process is currently underway.

    ​Class 1 and Class 2 LIA

    Depending on the LGA band and the size of a threshold increase sought, there are two types of LIA required.

    Class 1 LIA

    Class 1 LIA must demonstrate that approval of a threshold increase application will result in a positive contribution to the local community.Class 1 LIA is required for venues seeking a threshold increase:

    • Between 21 to 40 in a Band 1 LGA;
    • Up to 20 in a Band 2 LGA.​
    For Class 1 LIA, a venue has up to 2 years from the date of the approval in which to acquire gaming machine entitlements for the approved threshold increase – class 1 quota.

    After that time any unfulfilled class 1 quota automatically expires.

    Class 2 LIA

    Class 2 LIA must demonstrate that the approval of a threshold increase application will provide an overall net positive impact on the local community.

    Class 2 LIA is required for venues seeking a threshold increase of:
    • More than 40 in a Band 1 LGA;
    • More than 20 in a Band 2 LGA;
    • Any increase in a Band 3 LGA.
    For Class 2 LIA, a venue has up to 5 years from the date of the approval in which to acquire gaming machine entitlements for the approved threshold increase – class 2 quota.

    After that time, any unfulfilled class 2 quota automatically expires.

    Exceptions

    A LIA is not required if total approved threshold increase in the past 12 months for a venue in a Band 1 LGA would not exceed 20.

    A LIA is not required for transfer of entitlements and permits within the same LGA.

    Special provisions apply for:
    • clubs establishing in (or near) new development areas.
    • clubs transferring entitlements from a closing, nearby related club
    • venues (established prior to 18 October 2002) in retail shopping centre​s with less than 40 shops​.​