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Filmmakers and the media wishing to film or take photographs within a gaming venue are not required to apply to the VCGLR for approval. However, they need to be mindful that whatever is produced does not contravene Gambling Regulation Act 2003(the Act). Additionally, approval from the venue or machine owner may need to be obtained.
Additional information about the law is available below and has been summarised in general statements. This information should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional legal advice or reference to the actual legislation.
Under section 3.5.34 of the Act, the publication of gaming machine advertising outside the gaming machine area of an approved venue or the boundaries of a casino is prohibited. To do so is committing a criminal offence that can incur fines of up to 120 penalty units.
'Gaming Machine Advertising' is defined in the Act as 'any form of advertising that promotes or is intended to promote the playing of gaming machines'. 'Publish' is defined as including dissemination in any way, whether by oral, visual, written or other means. This includes cinema, video, radio, electronics, the Internet or television or by means of promotional material such as club journals, brochures or flyers.
The word 'advertising' is not defined in the Act, however, the primary meaning of 'advertise' in the Shorter Oxford Dictionary is 'draw attention to or describe favourably (goods or services) in a public medium to promote sales'.
It is possible that films or media reports could be categorised as gaming machine advertising if the footage is viewed as 'product placement', particularly, if money was accepted from a gaming industry participant in exchange for product placement.
If footage of the gaming machines is incidental and included in the film as part of the setting, and there is no evidence that a particular venue or operator was using the film as a method to promote its business, then advertising provisions would likely not be breached.
Media reports relating to AFL Sports Controlling Body
Prosecution of unlicensed venue in Melbourne's eastern suburbs
VCGLR update on the re-examination of issues relating to Crown
VCGLR probity investigation into Melco purchase of Crown
Re-examination of issues relating to Crown
VCGLR and Crown Melbourne
Media reports of Melbourne Casino junket operators
Consolidated Press Holdings Pty Ltd sale of Crown Resorts shares to Melco
Regulator bans plastic picks at Melbourne Casino
Regulator bans liquor advertisements
Stronger focus on preventing alcohol harm for minors
Liquor and Gambling inspectors start work in Eastern Victoria
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Online forms making VCGLR applications easier
New website for VCGLR to build on digital strategy
Serve safe this Australia Day
New Years Eve operations 2016
Commissioners inspect and hear from Ararat venues
Knox venues sign shared liquor accord
Sunshine CBD added to the list of designated areas in Victoria
Footscray designated area order extended
VCGLR on the road to Wangaratta
CEO appointment for Victoria’s gambling and liquor regulator
Colac CBD designated area order extended - 25 June 2015
Mornington CBD and surrounds designated area order extended - 21 May 2015
Mildura CBD designated area order extended
Dry polls stop for Boroondara restaurant and cafe licences
VCGLR on the road to Stonnington - 18 July 2014
Preventing liquor breaches pays off - 25 June 2014
Bendigo information day a success - 25 June 2014
VCGLR on the road to Bendigo - 16 June 2014
Australasian Casino and Gaming Regulators Conference kicks off in Melbourne - 4 June 2014
Survey shows regulator on the right track - 30 May 2014
VCGLR successful prosecution: Betezy - 23 May 2014
Mildura CBD designated area extended - 19 May 2014
The Hawthorn licensee issued banning notice for Mother's Day promotion - 9 May 2014
New Advanced Responsible Service of Alcohol training course - 6 May 2014
Announcement from CEO
Mordialloc licensee issued banning notice for offensive promotion - 20 January 2014
Information just a click away with launch of new map - 14 January 2014
Cutting red tape for live music venues - 20 November 2013
Rogue liquor licensee restrained - 2 November 2013
Spring Racing Carnival licensees do the right thing - 31 October 2013
New Year's Eve trading hours extended - 25 October 2013
Transformation of liquor and gambling regulator - 15 October 2013, Fact Sheet - Annual Report 2012-13
Be a good sport on Grand Final weekend - 27 September 2013
Ensuring a safe Royal Melbourne Show - 27 September 2013
Review of Crown Casino licence released
VCGLR takes action on alleged bingo fraud - 1 August 2013
Public comment sought on underage live music events - 7 May 2013
Court fines gaming venue for breaching EFTPOS cash out limits - 22 March 2013
Commission declares designated area for Footscray - 15 February 2013
Designated area declared for Colac - 3 January 2013
Mildura CBD declared designated area - 16 November 2012
High school muck up day promotion in Bendigo banned - 26 October 2012
Commission calls for public submissions for Casino Review - 29 August 2012
Commission calls for public submissions on use of earphones - 5 June 2012
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