Regulation Impact Statement Updates

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Problem Gambling

Post-implementation Reviews
1st June 2016

Post-implementation Review no longer required – Department of Social Services

On 21 January 2012 the then Government announced plans to tackle problem gambling. The measures included:

  • introducing a $250 daily withdrawal limit from ATMs in gaming venues (excluding casinos) by 1 February 2013.

A Regulation Impact Statement was required before the announcement of the measure but was not submitted to the Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) for assessment. Consequently, the OBPR assessed the measures as being non-compliant with the Australian Government’s best practice regulation requirements. A Post-implementation Review was therefore required within two years from the implementation.

An exemption from the PIR requirements can be obtained for regulation which has previously been implemented and is no longer in force or no longer government policy. This change to the Australian Government’s best practice regulation requirements came into effect in December 2015. Approval for this exemption needs to be obtained in writing from the Prime Minister.

The measure was in place between 1 February 2014 and 31 March 2014, at which time the relevant legislation was amended, effectively reversing the decision. As such, the measure no longer reflected Government policy. The Assistant Cabinet Secretary, on behalf of the Prime Minister, had agreed to remove the requirement for a PIR to be undertaken on the measure on 3 February 2016.

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