The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

Building a safe, prosperous and respected nation


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Current Consultations

Class 4 Gambling Best Practice (Three Year) Licence

The Department is seeking views on the proposed approach to a three year licence for best practice societies and clubs, the details of which are set out in the consultation document below:

The intention of the longer licence period is to act as an incentive for best practice and improved performance in the Class 4 sector. The Department expresses best practice as:
  • societies and clubs putting community and customers at the heart of what they’re doing
  • working alongside the Department to improve sector performance, and
  • continually working towards improved performance.
Our expectation of best practice requires societies and clubs to go above and beyond what is expected in the legislation. The best practice licence process clearly sets out the Department’s performance expectations to support societies and clubs to drive improvement and work towards best practice.

To be considered for a best practice licence a society or club will first need to meet the licensing criteria in the Gambling Act 2003.

We would like to hear your views on the proposed approach to best practice licensing and the performance expectations.

The Department has developed some Key Messages and Frequently Asked Questions for your further information. These can be found here:

Submissions by 19 May 2017

If you wish to make a submission on the proposal please do so by
Friday 19 May 2017.

Submissions can be emailed to or mailed to:

Sharlene Hogan
Policy Advisor, Operational Policy
Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua
PO Box 805
Wellington 6140