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Consultation begins for planned gambling overhaul

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The State Government has begun consulting with the gaming industry and non-government sector as part of its plan to overhaul South Australia’s gambling laws.

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The consultation will form part of a wholesale government review into the gambling sector, which Attorney-General Vickie Chapman says will be used to develop a more “effective and simpler” regulatory system.

Chapman said the Government had last week heard from two roundtable discussions with service providers and industry groups on proposed changes to the state’s gambling laws.

She said feedback from the roundtables highlighted calls for better gaming employee training, new technologies, and a review of the current gambling license and trading system structure.

“Once we have assessed this feedback we’ll get to work developing draft legislation that will be released for public consultation,” Chapman said.

“This review will seek to implement more changes that both support the local industry, while protecting those vulnerable South Australians who may need help.”

Last week the Government announced it had changed the way gambling barring orders are processed to ensure people who apply for a barring order receive the order on the same day.

Under the changes, information relating to a gambler can also be referred to a support service if the individual agrees.

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