In Victoria there are different categories of gaming machine caps and limits applied at state, regional, municipal and venue level.
The total number of gaming machines allowed in Victoria is 30,000. Of these:
Gaming machine caps are a legal limit on how many gaming machine entitlements are available for gaming within specific geographic areas of Victoria. The Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation sets the maximum number of entitlements available in each capped region and municipal district. The Minister may refer this power to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).
Regional caps were the first introduced in 2001 and there are currently 20 purpose-defined regions with specific caps. These caps must be at a ratio of no more than 10 gaming machines per 1000 adults in the area. If the ratio in the region was less when the cap was introduced it cannot be increased. These regions consist of municipalities, or specific postcodes within municipalities.
Municipal limits were introduced in 2009 and cover nearly all municipal areas of Victoria at a ratio of 10 gaming machines per 1000 adults. If population rises, the limit may increase.
The calculation of adults in an area is based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics Estimated Resident Population.
Regional caps and municipal limits were last updated by the Commission in September 2012 following the Minister for Gaming’s Order of 15 August 2012.
For maximum number of gaming machines, see Ministerial direction - municipal limits (PDF, 159KB) and Ministerial direction - region limits (PDF, 144KB)
Clubs are not able to hold more than 420 club gaming machine entitlements, and no single venue may have more than 105 entitlements. No individual or organisation may have an interest in more than 35 per cent of hotel gaming machine entitlements.
The City of Melbourne's CBD, Docklands and Southbank do not have caps, so there is no mandated limit on the number of entitlements that can be situated in these specific areas.
Gaming machine caps are a legal limit on how many gaming machine entitlements are available within specific geographic areas of Victoria.