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Venue operators may only operate gaming machines if they hold gaming machines entitlements. This page outlines the process of amending the conditions, transferring, the entitlements register and the Ministerial Determination and rules.
Entitlements must be attached to a venue approved by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) for the number of machines the venue operator intends to operates.
Up to 27,372 gaming machine entitlements can be made available to venue operators. Each entitlement authorises venue operators to operate one gaming machine until 16 August 2022.
Information on entitlements post 2022 is available at the Department of Justice and Regulation's website.
The Gambling fact sheet - Gaming Machine Entitlements (PDF, 384.04 KB) provides an overview for entitlement holders about district limits, the use it or lose it rule, tax, to name a few.
In addition, there is also information for those who wish to make an amendment in the Gambling fact sheet - Amendment of gaming machine entitlement conditions (PDF, 349.08 KB).
Entitlement holders can apply to the VCGLR to amend the geographic area or venue conditions relevant to their entitlement.
To request an amendment to an entitlement, the entitlement holder must do this through the online gambling services portal.
Venue operators can apply to the VCGLR to transfer ownership of entitlements via the VCGLR online services portal.
Both parties to the proposed transfer must be currently approved as venue operators.
For more information, please download the Gambling fact sheet - Transfer of a Gaming Machine Entitlements (PDF, 344.34 KB).
There are two ways to transfer entitlements, either:
View gaming machine entitlement databases:
Note the Entitlements register (view by licensee or by region) is currently unavailable due to maintenance.
On 22 February 2019, the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation set the Gaming Machine Entitlement Allocation and Transfer Rules. (PDF, 380.43 KB)
These Rules allow venue operators to transfer ownership of gaming machine entitlements on deferred payment terms. For more information, see the Deferred payment terms for transferred entitlements - June 2012 (PDF, 334.48 KB) fact sheet.
As a venue operator who holds gaming machine entitlements, it is important to be aware of the circumstances that can lead to forfeiture of an entitlement to the State. For more information, see the Forfeiture of gaming machine entitlements - April 2012 (PDF, 338.69 KB) fact sheet.
On 20 September 2017, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation announced a number of changes to regional caps and municipal limits on gaming machine entitlements.
For maximum number of gaming machines in capped regions and municipal districts, see the Ministerial order dated 20 September 2017 (PDF, 1.48 MB).
The Melbourne CBD, Docklands and Southbank precincts do not have caps or municipal limits, so there is no mandated limit on the number of entitlements that can be situated in these specific areas.
Venue operators may only operate gaming machines if they hold gaming machines entitlements.