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.
Community benefit payment recipients
The following organisations have been approved for a community benefit payment:
- Robinvale District Local Health Service (Euston Bowling and Recreation Club, Wentworth-Balranald) received $254,293 per year for two years to fund a therapeutic, gambling help counsellor position. A further Community Contribution Panel will be convened at the end of two years to review and consider the remaining three years of funding.
The following applications have been approved by the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority and community benefit payment(s) will be considered by community contribution panels:
- The Crown and Emperor Hotel, Marrickville
- Queanbeyan Bowling Club
- Lakeside Golf Club, Camden