Community benefit payment scheme

Community benefit payments are made to the Responsible Gambling Fund (RGF) when a venue increases the number of gaming machines at the venue.

A venue makes an application to Liquor & Gaming NSW to increase their gaming machine entitlements and, as part of that application, the applicant completes a Local Impact Assessment (LIA), which examines the impact additional machines may have in that community.

The Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority uses that LIA to determine whether approving an application to increase a venue’s gaming machine threshold will provide an overall positive impact to that community. As part of approval, a condition is that the venue contributes a calculated, set monetary community benefit payment to the RGF as a one-off or annual for up to five years.

The RGF then determines the recipients of the community benefit payments, which are generally made to not for profit organisations and registered charities that support the social wellbeing of the local community.

The information below provides community organisations information on how LIA community benefit payments are managed. Information for venues is provided on the Liquor & Gaming NSW website.

Who can receive a community benefit payment?

Community benefit payments are open to not-for-profit organisations and registered charities that support the social wellbeing of the local community. This can include, but is not limited to, responsible gambling, problem gambling, health and crisis support. Funds can be directed to state-wide or regionally based organisations where they also provide a benefit for that local community.

Contributions made to organisations and charities generally may be tied to specific project outcomes, for example responsible gambling education or services directed to gamblers. In most cases, contributions will be a one-off offer of support to assist the service to continue and further its work in the community.

Organisations can register their interest about future community contributions by completing a short questionnaire that can be found here.

Community contribution panels

The community benefit payment is made to the RGF who will then form a community contribution panel to recommend to the Minister where the money is allocated.

Community contribution panels comprise a local community representative (such as a Local Government or Health representative), responsible gambling experts (Gambling Help counselling service), a departmental representative and an RGF Trustee to ensure the funds allocated as a result of a gaming machine increase are transparent and specifically targeted at gambling harm minimisation, health and social related services for the local community.

Criteria for assessment

Assessment criteria include the organisation’s service model and the ability of the organisation to expend funds on gambling harm minimisation, health and social related services for the local community.

Past recipients and upcoming panels

OrganisationProject ObjectivesFundingDetermined LIA
Moving Forward DFV Case Management Services
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Case management and support people affected by family and   domestic violence in the Georges River and Bayside areas in consultation with local CALD organisations
  • Parenting workshops
  • Cross-referral to complementary support services and RGF-funded gambling and financial counselling services

$59,614.18 per annum for two years with review in early 2023

St George Motor Boat Club

Coffs-Clarence Police District
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Youth Active Rewards Program (YARP), focussing on the Sawtell and Toormina communities
  • Cross-referral to complementary youth services

$30,475.16 per annum for two years with review in early 2023

Sawtell Hotel

LeaderLife
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Youth engagement programs, focussing on the Dubbo community
  • Cross-referrals to complementary youth services

$29,807.09 per annum for two years with review in early 2023

Commercial Hotel Dubbo & Dubbo Golf Club

Orana-Mid Western Police District
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Project Walwaay, focussing on the Dubbo community
  • Cross-referral to complementary youth services

$29,807.09 per annum for two years with review in early 2023

Laurieton Men’s Shed
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Events and activities to support and upskill unemployed men from the Laurieton community
  • Cross-referrals to RGF-funded gambling counselling services

$18,390 per annum for two years with review in early 2023

Laurieton Hotel

Port Macquarie Neighbourhood Centre
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Community engagement with a particular focus on youth in the Wauchope community
  • Financial counselling and emergency support for disadvantaged   people in the Wauchope community
  • Cross-referral to complementary youth services

$39,550.96 per annum for two years with review in early 2023

Hastings Hotel

The Burdekin Association
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Case management support, focussing on education and employment for youth in the Dee Why area
  • Workshops for youth in the Dee Why area to develop well-being and life skills
  • Cross-referrals to RGF-funded therapeutic and financial gambling counselling services

$40,000 per annum for two years with review in late 2022

Dee Why RSL

Southern Youth and Family Services Limited
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Community Health for Adolescents in Need (CHAIN) program   supporting youth in the Wollongong community
  • Support for homeless people, including case management and crisis response
  • Cross-referrals to RGF-funded therapeutic and financial gambling counselling services

$78,374.94 per annum for two years with review in late 2022

Dicey Riley's

Bankstown Women's Health Centre
  • Primary prevention programs, case management and support for domestic violence sufferers
  • Gambling education and awareness, and cross referrals to   therapeutic and financial gambling counselling in the Canterbury-Bankstown LGA

1st year - $91,426.62

2nd year - $137,139.93

Funding for two years with a review in mid-2022

Hurlstone Park Hotel

Canterbury Earlwood Caring Association
  • Parenting and youth engagement and early intervention programs   targeting early school leavers aged 11-14 with a focus on the Hurlstone Park area
  • Gambling education and awareness, and cross referrals to   therapeutic and financial gambling counselling in the Canterbury-Bankstown LGA

1st year - $91,426.62

2nd year - $137,139.93

Funding for two years with a review in mid-2022

Community Restorative Centre
  • ‘Locked Out’ program, supporting Muslim communities impacted by incarceration
  • Support and case management for individuals and families   impacted by the criminal justice system, with a focus on the Hurlstone Park area
  • Gambling education and awareness, and cross referrals to   therapeutic and financial gambling counselling in the Canterbury-Bankstown LGA

1st year - $91,426.62

2nd year - $137,139.93

Funding for two years with a review in mid-2022

Creating Links NSW
  • Financial counselling
  • Support and case management for CALD communities, with a focus on the Hurlstone Park area
  • Gambling education and awareness, and cross referrals to   therapeutic gambling counselling in the Canterbury-Bankstown LGA

1st year - $91,426.62

2nd year - $137,139.93

Funding for two years with a review in mid-2022

Belmont Neighbourhood Centre

Program focus to include either:

  • Primary prevention programs and community education on domestic violence,
  • Youth engagement programs and early intervention,
  • Community outreach to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities and gambling education and awareness, and/or
  • Cross-referrals to therapeutic and financial gambling   counselling in the Lake Macquarie City LGA

$44,834.79 per annum for two years with review in early 2022

Belmont Hotel

Warrina Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services
  • Gambling education and awareness, including CALD and Aboriginal outreach and support program
  • Support, advocacy and counselling for victims of domestic   violence and their families, including case management and cross-referral to RGF-funded services

$70,304.40 per annum for two years with review in mid-2021

Seaview Tavern

Park Beach Hotel

Relationships Australia (NSW)
  • ‘Taking Responsibility’ program, for implementation within the   Newcastle LGA
  • Cross-referral to RGF funded gambling and counselling services (including Warruwi services where appropriate)

$87,546.20 per annum for two years with review in mid-2021

Sydney Junction Hotel

Nepean Community and Neighbourhood Services
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross referrals to RGF funded services for gambling help and to other local community services (including Warruwi services)
  • Support for vulnerable people to attend health services   especially gambling harm minimisation, health and social related services, including community transport and short term ad-hoc child care

$71,825.87 per annum for two years with review in early 2021

Kingswood Hotel

Macarthur Family & Youth Services
  • Case management and cross-referral to RGF funded Gambling Help services including financial counselling and Warruwi services
  • Gambling education and awareness

$61,380 per annum for two years with review in late 2020

Ruse Tavern

Macarthur Gateway Resource Services (MARCIA Women's Refuge Inc)
  • Case management and advocacy support for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women experiencing domestic violence and/or homelessness
  • Cross-referral to RGF funded Gambling Help services including financial counselling and Warruwi services
  • Gambling education and awareness

$61,380 per annum for two years with review in late 2020

Burwood Community Welfare Services
  • Gambling education and awareness (as a complement to existing   domestic violence advocacy and family support program)
  • Cross-referral service to gambling and financial counselling,   including to RGF funded Gambling Help services

$49,406.67 per annum for two years with review in early 2021

Bath Arms Hotel

Metro Assist (Campsie)
  • Gambling education and awareness for diverse communities
  • Cross-referral service to gambling and financial counselling,   including to RGF funded Gambling Help services

$49,406.67 per annum for two years with review in early 2021

Mount Druitt Community Health Centre
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross referral to RGF funded gambling help services, including Warruwi services where appropriate
  • Cross referral with local expert services. For example, local Aboriginal and CALD organisations

1st year - $87,679.50

2nd year - $131,519.25

Funding for two years with a review in mid-2021

The Marsden Brewhouse

Riverstone Neighbourhood Centre and Community Aid Service
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross referral to RGF funded gambling help services, including Warruwi services where appropriate
  • Cross referral with local expert services. For example, local Aboriginal and CALD organisations

1st year - $87,679.50

2nd year - $131,519.25

Funding for two years with a review in mid-2021

The Women's Activities & Self Help (WASH) House
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Support services (including counselling support) to female   victims of domestic violence
  • Cross referral with local expert services. For example, local Aboriginal and CALD organisations

1st year - $87,679.50

2nd year - $131,519.25

Funding for two years with a review in mid-2021

Focus Connect (formerly Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative)
  • Delivery of projects, programs or services within the Camden   community with outcomes targeting gambling harm minimisation, including prevention and awareness, and health and social related services
  • Service is to be operated in partnership with Camden Council for the benefit of the community within the Camden LGA

$31,338 per annum for two years with review in late 2020

Lakeside Golf Club

Molonglo Support Services (previously St Benedict’s Community Centre*)
  • Program that targets homelessness and improves social wellbeing and support
  • First year of funding – Purchase of a bus to provide overnight   accommodation for the homeless
  • Second year of funding – Maintenance and operation costs of the bus

$37,458 per annum for two years with review in early 2022

Queanbeyan Bowling Club

Community and Cultural Connections
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Alternative venue located within the Addison road complex for CALD community members to access, cross referral to CALD gambling help   services
  • Partner with existing, ORG-funded Gambling Help services to   reach specific communities: Vietnamese, Portuguese, emerging Nepalese community

$35,000 per annum for two years with review in late 2020

The Crown and Emperor Hotel

Innari - Aboriginal Homelessness Support Service
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Case management and cross referral to complementary services

$70,000 per annum for two years with review in late 2020

Marrickville Community Mental Health Service
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Case management and cross referral to complementary services

$65,000 per annum for two years with review in late 2020

Marrickville Legal Centre
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Case management and cross referral to complementary services

$65,000 per annum for two years with review in late 2020

Marrickville Youth Resource Centre
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Programs to support the centre as an alternative venue for youth to access

$45,000 per annum for two years with review in late 2020

Newtown Neighbourhood Centre
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Case management and cross referral to complementary services

$75,000 per annum for two years with review in late 2020

Robinvale District Health Services
  • Social Worker/counsellor at the Robinvale District Local Health Service

$254,293 per annum for two years with review in late 2020

Euston Bowling & Recreation Club

*Funding declined by recipient. Alternate organisation to carry out the same project objectives.

The following applications have been determined by the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority. Community contribution panels will be convened once the venues commence trading:

  • Burwood Social Club (panel will be convened in late 2021)
  • Homebush Hotel (panel will be convened in late 2021)
  • The Greens Gledswood Hills (panel will be convened in mid-2022)
  • Woolgoolga Beach Tavern (panel will be convened in early 2022)