New South Wales
Gambling in New South Wales
In New South Wales, Liquor & Gaming NSW is responsible for overseeing the gaming regulatory framework which attempts to balance the responsible development of the gaming industry (within the parameters of the regulatory controls) with community standards and the social harms of problem gambling.
The New South Wales regulatory framework includes includes wagering and gaming activities as well as lotteries and community competitions.
Liquor & Gaming NSW advise the government with regards to developing and implementing policy, are responsible for licensing, ensure compliance and monitor the revenue collected from gaming activity. They also supervise technical standards and oversee the Responsible Gambling Fund.
Wagering in New South Wales follows the regulations set out in the 1998 Betting and Racing Act. Check the official Liquor & Gaming NSW website for more information on the details of gaming and wagering law in NSW (including activities that are determined or authorised by the Minister for Racing), a “Betting Glossary of Terms” and links to relevant Schedules and Acts.
Online gambling is regulated by the Commonwealth Government according to the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001.
The Liquor & Gaming NSW website has full details on land casino exclusion orders and self-exclusion.
Responsible Gambling Fund
The Office of Responsible Gambling (funded by the Responsible Gambling Fund) is involved in research to aid in the formation of evidence-based policy and programs; community education; support and counselling services; as well as enforcing responsible gambling obligations and practices.
The Responsible Gambling Fund also funds a problem gambling telephone helpline open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained counsellors are available to discuss personal gambling problems or the problems of someone else. Referrals to other free programs and support services as well as non-English language interpretation are also provided.
For an overview of the wide range of free and confidential services funded by the Responsible Gambling Fund, check out the NSW government’s Gambling Help website.
The Gambling Help website also has an entertaining fun fact slideshow called “The real odds – What are the chances, really?”.