Gaming Machine Threshold Approval - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this approval if you intend to operate gaming machines (for example, poker machines or any other approved progressive gaming device) in your hotel or club for use by the public.

Your business' gaming machine threshold (GMT) indicates the total number of gaming machine entitlements (GMEs) and / or poker machine permits (PMPs) your business can hold at one time. Each GME or PMP your business holds authorises you to operate one gaming machine.

Please be aware that:

  • all new businesses have a GMT of zero. Until you have received a GMT increase approval you are not allowed to hold any GMEs or PMP
  • GMEs can be held by clubs or hotels, whereas PMPs can only be held by hotels
  • hotels can hold a maximum of 30 GMES or PMPs at one time
  • there are specific processes that must be adhered to for the transfer of GMEs and PMPs between businesses.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Please note that depending on the local government area where your business is located that you may also need to submit a Local Impact Assessment (LIA).

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.



Other resources

Additional information

The number of available GMEs and PMPs reflect the total number of gaming machines that are authorised to operate in NSW. All available GMEs and PMPs are held by existing businesses. Therefore, if you intend to operate gaming machines or increase the number you already have, you will have to attain GMEs or PMPs from one of the businesses that currently hold them.

Administering agency

Department of Industry
Liquor and Gaming NSW

Act(s) name

Gaming Machines Act 2001 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Gaming Machines Regulation 2010 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Gaming Systems
Department of Industry
Liquor and Gaming NSW

Operating address:
GPO BOX 7060
Sydney, New South Wales 2001
Operating address:
Level 6
323 Castlereagh Street
Haymarket, New South Wales 2000


1300 024 720


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