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Electronic Gaming Machines

Electronic Gaming Machine Policy Statement

Banyule’s Electronic Gaming Machine Policy includes a series of statements which explain the Council’s position, expectations and opportunities to collaborate on matters associated with Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs) within and around the municipality.

The Policy explains the importance and role of Social and Economic Impact Assessments (SEIA), makes clear Council’s position around its various roles and commits support to the development of implementation guidelines, to help navigate the application process.

While all forms of gambling can lead to a range of social problems, Banyule City Council acknowledges that it has a clear role around EGMs, which include:

  • Responsible Authority—in accordance with the Planning and Environment Act 1987, in deciding on applications for planning permits;
  • Site, premises or land owner/manager—in situations where gaming venues are already established or proposed to be situated, are owned, managed or vested in the authority of Banyule City Council;
  • The Referral Authority—where an application for planning permit is made within a neighbouring municipality (Darebin, Yarra, Boroondara, Manningham, Nillumbik and Whittlesea) and is referred to Banyule City Council for comment;
  • Key Stakeholder and Community Advocate—during times of government review or alternative mechanisms involving community consultation and community advocacy; and
  • Administrator of Community Benefit Grant & Trust Agreements— The Council’s Grant Administrators may support the administration on behalf of Contributing Gaming Venues.

A copy of the Policy together with the Background Discussion Paper are available via the links under Related Information above

For further enquiries, please contact the Community and Social Planning team on 9490 4222 or send us an email