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Gambling Act 2003


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Service Overview
The Department of Internal Affairs casino and non-casino gaming services help keep gambling in New Zealand fair and honest. The Gaming Compliance Office audits and investigates non-casino gaming activities, licenses all non-casino gaming and issues certificates of approval for casino employees. The Casino Inspectorate regulates all casino gaming activities.

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The community is our primary stakeholder group. Community interests include community groups for whom gambling raises funds, gamblers, and organizations that provide gambling services and research into the social effects of gambling.
The rules for gambling - the legislation and license conditions - focus on ensuring that the community benefits from the proceeds of gambling, and that the harm that gambling can cause is minimised. The primary piece of legislation that regulates gambling is the Gambling Act 2003. The purpose of the Gambling Act is to:
  • Control the growth of gambling
  • Prevent and minimise the harm caused by gambling including problem gambling
  • Authorise some gambling and prohibit the rest
  • Facilitate responsible gambling
  • Ensure the fairness and integrity of games
  • Limit opportunities for crime and dishonesty associated with gambling
  • Ensure that money from gambling benefits the community
  • Facilitate community involvement in decisions about the provision of gambling
Several regulatory agencies are responsible for different aspects of the legislation. The primary agencies and responsibilities are:

The Department of Internal Affairs:

  • Administers gambling legislation
  • Licenses gambling activities (except for casino gambling)
  • Ensures compliance with the legislation
  • Provides public information and education
The Ministry of Health: The Gambling Commission:
  • Considers and determine applications for casino operators’ licenses and the renewal of casino venue licenses
  • Approves agreements and changes to agreements between casino operators and casino venue license holders
  • Considers and deals with complaints about the way the Department of Internal Affairs has handled complaints in relation to Class 4 gambling
  • Specifies, varies and revokes casino license conditions
  • Advises Ministers and facilitates consultation on the setting of the problem gambling levy
  • Consider and determine appeals against regulatory and licensing decisions made by the Department of Internal Affairs
Further Information

New Gambling Act rules mean more money for the community (.pdf) 55k*
Information and covering letter issued to community group recipients of gaming machine profits - 6/12/2004.
*This document is in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe site.

Further general information is available from the Gambling Act 2003 Fact Sheets.
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For electronic (PDF) versions of gambling licence application and other gambling forms go to our Forms page. If you require a hard copy of any of these forms please contact the Gaming Compliance Unit.

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* This document is in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe site.

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Last updated: 01/08/2005