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Services › Casino and Non-Casino Gaming › New Zealand Gambling Laws
The Department of Internal Affairs casino and non-casino gambling services help keep gambling in New Zealand fair and honest. The Gambling Compliance Group audits and investigates non-casino gaming activities, licenses all non-casino gaming and issues certificates of approval for casino employees. The casino inspectorate regulates all casino gaming activities.
- Gambling Fact Sheets: New Zealand's Gambling Laws
- The Rules for Running a Gambling Activity
- Funding for Community Groups
- News, Press Releases and Consultation
- Regulatory Agency Roles
- Current and Previous Law
- More Information
OverviewThe community is our primary stakeholder group. Community interests include community groups for whom gambling raises funds, gamblers, and organizations that provide gambling services and research into the social effects of gambling.
The rules for gambling - the legislation and license conditions - focus on ensuring that the community benefits from the proceeds of gambling, and that the harm that gambling can cause is minimised. The primary piece of legislation that regulates gambling is the Gambling Act 2003.
The purpose of the Gambling Act is to:
- control the growth of gambling
- prevent and minimise the harm caused by gambling including problem gambling
- authorise some gambling and prohibit the rest
- facilitate responsible gambling
- ensure the fairness and integrity of games
- limit opportunities for crime and dishonesty associated with gambling
- ensure that money from gambling benefits the community
- facilitate community involvement in decisions about the provision of gambling.
Approach to Compliance and EnforcementThe Department's approach to compliance and enforcement in this area is set out in the document:
Regulatory Agency RolesSeveral regulatory agencies are responsible for different aspects of the legislation.
The Department of Internal Affairs
- administers gambling legislation
- licenses gambling activities (except for casino gambling)
- ensures compliance with the legislation
- provides public information and education.
- funds and co-ordinates problem gambling services
- has recently finalised its Preventing and Minimising Gambling Harm, three-year Service Plan 2011-2013, and its six-year Strategic Plan 2011-2016.
- considers and determine applications for casino operators’ licenses and the renewal of casino venue licenses
- approves agreements and changes to agreements between casino operators and casino venue license holders
- considers and deals with complaints about the way the Department of Internal Affairs has handled complaints in relation to Class 4 gambling
- specifies, varies and revokes casino license conditions
- advises Ministers and facilitates consultation on the setting of the problem gambling levy
- considers and determines appeals against regulatory and licensing decisions made by the Department of Internal Affairs.
- Gambling Amendment Act 2005
- Gambling Act 2003 - the Gambling Act 2003 repeals the Casino Control Act 1990 and the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1977 and integrates them into a single Act. Racing continues to be administered under the Racing Act 2003 (with some exceptions, such as gaming machine operations in TABs and racing clubs)
- Racing Act 2003
- Boxing and Wrestling Act 1981
- Current Regulations
- Gaming and Lotteries Act 1977 and subsequent amendments
- Gaming and Lotteries (Licence Fees) Regulations 1992
- Gaming and Lotteries Prizes Notice 1993
- Gaming and Lotteries (Problem Gambling Levy) Regulations 1998
- Casino Control Act 1990 (and subsequent amendments)
- Casino Control (Moratorium) Amendment Act 1997
- Casino Control (Moratorium) Amendment Act 2000
- Casino Control (Applications and Hours) Regulations 1991
- Casino Control (Certificates of Approval and Warrants) Regulations 1994
More InformationGeneral information is available on the Fact Sheets page.
- Gambling News and Information (Gambling Compliance quarterly newsletter and press releases)
- Gambling Statistics
- Gambling Consultations
- Gambling Forms (licence applications and other gambling forms and guidelines)
- Gambling Policy
- Gambling Research Reports
- Gambling Sector Enforcement Policy (PDF, 486K)* July 2004
- Sport, Gambling and Grants
- Contact the Gambling Compliance Group
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Unable to download or access our files? Contact the Gambling Compliance Group and request printed copies.