Gaming Machine Act 1991 - Queensland

Service summary

To regulate and control the operation of gaming machines to ensure that public confidence and trust in the credibility and integrity of gaming operations is maintained.

The Act provides for the issuing of gaming machine licences to clubs and hotels and for the licensing of:

  • gaming nominees
  • key employees
  • repairers
  • service contractors
  • gaming machine manufacturers
  • licensed monitoring operators.

The Act further sets out the operational, administrative and financial requirements, responsibilities and procedures relating to machine gaming and provides for the payment of fees and taxes by gaming machine operators.

The following Subordinate Legislation should be examined:

  • Gaming Machine Regulation 2002

The following Guides or Booklets are available:

You can obtain an information kit from the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR).

Queensland Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) has a comprehensive Brief to Applicants and various guidelines published on its website, including Community Impact Statements, Plans, Authorised Sale of Gaming Machine Operating Authorities, Advertising Applications of Significant Community Impact and Gaming Related Compliance Programs.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Definition of terms

Gaming machine

any device that is so designed that: it may be used for the purpose of playing a game of chance or a game of mixed chance and skill; it may be operated wholly or in part by the insertion of a gaming token into the device; by the use of gaming machine credits; by the electronic transfer of credits of gaming tokens to the device; or by the use of gaming tokens held, stored or accredited by the device elsewhere; and, as a result of making a bet on the device, winnings may become payable. Section 343 of the Gaming Machine Act allows the chief executive to declare that anything is not a gaming machine.


Appeal process


Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties:

Inspectors authorised under the Act have powers to monitor and enforce compliance with its provisions. Offences under the Act can be prosecuted and can result in suspension or cancellation of licence, substantial fines and/or imprisonment.

Review or Appeal Mechanisms:

An application for review of a decision or determination by the Queensland Liquor and Gaming Commission may be made to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation
Licensing Branch

Contact details

Director, Licensing
Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation
Licensing Branch

Operating address:
63 George Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 180
City East
Queensland 4002


13 QGOV (13 74 68)


07 3872 0957


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