As with other business operators, liquor licensees and managers must have knowledge of a range of laws which affect their business.
While at times, the sheer volume of rules and regulations may be daunting to keep up with, compliance will assist operators to reduce their risk and potentially improve their bottom line.
Machine gaming commenced in clubs on 11 February 1992 and in hotels/taverns on 30 April 1992.
The initial impetus for the Queensland Government to consider the legalisation of gaming machine operations was to address the deteriorating financial position of licensed clubs across the state. The government studied the machine gaming environment in other jurisdictions, particularly in New South Wales, and considered reports on concerns with regard to the introduction of gaming machines by the Criminal Justice Commission and the Parliamentary Criminal Justice Committee. It decided to legislate through the Gaming Machine Act 1991 to permit gaming machines in licensed clubs and hotels only, under the control of a regulatory environment which would ensure the highest standard of machine gaming and an impeccable operation.
As of August 2011, there were a total of 44,041 gaming machines approved in 1327 sites.
Prior to applying for a machine gaming licence, the applicant must have a liquor licence. Each Gaming Venue must appoint a person who has completed the Gaming Nominee Training program and holds a Gaming Nominee Licence.
All gaming venues must appoint a person responsible for managing problem gambling and problem gamblers. The person appointed is termed the Customer Liaison Officer.