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Resource material › Our Policy Advice Areas › Gaming Policy

The Policy Group provides advice to the Minister of Internal Affairs on gambling issues.

Gambling legislation

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). The Racing Act 2003 provides the framework for the regulation and governance of the racing industry. The following statutes are administered by other agencies, but impact on gambling:

The Gaming Duties Act 1971 provides for the payment of sector-specific duties by the TAB and racing clubs, the Lotteries Commission, gaming machine societies and casinos (responsibility of the Inland Revenue Department.

The Financial Transactions Reporting Act 1996 minimises money laundering by imposing reporting obligations on financial institutions (responsibility of the Minister of Justice). Licenced casino operators and the TAB are defined as 'financial institutions' for the purposes of the Act.

Current projects

Class 4 gambling reforms

Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain announced a
package of reforms in the Class 4 (non-casino) gaming machine sector on 19 June 2013. The Minister's aims are to introduce a simpler, more transparent system for Class 4 gambling that will provide more money to the community. The reforms are related to the Minister's work with Te Ururoa Flavell on his Gambling (Gambling Harm Reduction) Amendment Bill, which was enacted on 14 September 2013.

The suite of briefings from October 2012 discusses the Department's advice on the proposals in the Bill and other Class 4-related issues. The Cabinet paper in December 2012 sets out the analysis of the Bill, with an accompanying A3, and the subsequent Cabinet Committee minute invited further work on the proposals. In March 2013 the Department provided advice on various areas where the Minister could consider changes to improve the regulatory framework for this form of gambling. A further briefing was provided in March 2013, along with the final Cabinet paper on the Government position on the Gambling (Gambling Harm Reduction) Amendment Bill. The Cabinet paper, Regulatory Impact Statement and accompanying A3 supported the Minister's intention to introduce further legislation and regulations, which are wider in scope than the Bill, to address other issues that have been identified in the Class 4 sector. The Cabinet Committee minute and Cabinet minute recording the relevant decisions are provided.

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