Venue Operator's Licence - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to operate gaming machines on an approved premises. You may apply for a club venue operator's licence or a hotel venue operator's licence. Only one venue operator may conduct gaming in each venue.

If you are currently a wagering and betting licensee, you may appoint a wholly-owned subsidiary company as an operator. The company must have a physical place of business in Victoria and be approved by the Commission.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Only a body corporate may apply for a venue operator's licence.


Ongoing requirements

There are prescribed advertising requirements associated with this licence. Gaming is limited to 20 hours or less per day unless the Agency has approved 24 hours gaming.

Notification requirements and time frames apply in relation to this licence. You must not modify a gaming machine area without the approval of the Agency.

The Agency may vary, amend, suspend, cancel or terminate this licence or issue a temporary monitoring licence at its own instigation or upon request.


All applicants for a new licence will now be granted a 10 year licence from the date of approval.



Venue Operator's Licence. Fees for 2016-17.

Variation$12,218.10Amendment to increase the number of electronic gaming machines - without private inquiry. Fees for 2016-17.
Application$144.60Nominee of licensee.  Fees for 2016-17.

Venue Operator's Licence. Fees for 2016-17.


Amendment to add premises. Fees for 2016-17.


Amendment to increase the number of electronic gaming machines - private inquiry. Fees for 2016-17.


Amendment to vary the day or dates on which 24-hour gaming is permitted. Fees for 2016-17.


Amendment to vary the gaming machine areas. Fees for 2016-17.



Please complete the applicable form and lodge with payment with the Agency together with any other requested specified documentation and information.

Within 14 days of applying for this licence you must advertise a notice in a newspaper circulating in the area and generally in Victoria containing the prescribed information and a statement that any person may object to the grant of the licence and specifying the grounds for objection.


The Authority will not record a transfer of a gaming machine entitlement until it has received all amounts owing to the State that are outstanding in relation to the gaming machine entitlement, such as:

  • Any unpaid purchase price for allocated gaming machine entitlements;
  • Any prescribed fees relating to the transfer of the gaming machine entitlement under the Act;
  • Any interest payable on overdue instalments for the purchase of gaming machine entitlements allocated under either the Pre-Auction Club Offer or the Gaming Auction held in 2010 in accordance with the Act; and
  • Any fines imposed on the current venue operator who is seeking the transfer of a gaming machine entitlement.



Applications may be sent to Agency or lodged in person.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Regulation
Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation

Act(s) name

Gambling Regulation Act 2003 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Gambling Regulations 2015 (Victoria)

Contact details

Licensing Officer
Department of Justice and Regulation
Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation

Operating address:
49 Elizabeth Street
Victoria 3121
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 1988
Melbourne, Victoria 3001


1300 182 457


03 9651 3777


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