Approval to Transfer a Gaming Machine Licence - Australian Capital Territory


You will require this approval if you intend to have a current Gaming Machine Licence transferred to you from the original licensee. You must already operate a licensed premises to receive the Gaming Machine Licence. For the purposes of this licence, a licensed premises is one that holds a General or On Liquor Licence.

Examples of premises that can be covered by this approval include hotels, taverns and clubs incorporated in the Australian Capital Territory.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to transfer a Gaming Machine Licence:

  • The licence cannot be suspended;
  • The original licensee must not have received a disciplinary notice;
  • Where the intended licensee is a club, it must have a certificate of suitability;
  • Where the intended licensee is a club, a majority of the voting members of the club must have voted for the transfer; and
  • The intended licensee must fulfil all of the requirements for an initial licence application, except for the inclusion of a social impact statement.

To fulfil the requirements for an initial licence application you must provide:

  • A completed application form relevant to your type of premises;
  • The class, number, kind, coin denomination and percentage payout of gaming machines intended to be installed;
  • Details outlining your address and name;
  • Details outlining the address and name of all influential people and directors if you are applying as a corporation;
  • A copy of the rules and control procedures that you will adopt to control the operation of gaming machines on your premises;
  • A plan of the premises showing the room or area where gaming machines will be installed;
  • Statutory Declaration from Sole Proprietor / Partners / Directors;
  • Australian Federal Police Character Check (this will involve fingerprinting) may be required;
  • Certificate of Business Name Registration;
  • Certificate of Incorporation (if applicable);
  • Proof of absence of serious convictions for the previous 5 years; and
  • Proof of trading as a business for more than 12 months.

If you are applying as a club you must also provide:

  • A copy of the club's constitution;
  • An alphabetical list of names and addresses of all current members of the club, certified by the club secretary;
  • A signed statement from the club secretary stating the grounds on which the club claims to be an eligible club; and
  • Evidence that a majority of the voting members of the club voted for the club having gaming machines.

Premises must have adequate floor space to accommodate gaming machines and the business must be predominately operated for the sale of liquor. The licence is issued upon approval by the regulating authority and is subject to ongoing lodgement of returns and payment of monthly tax. Your licence, or a copy of your licence, must be displayed in a prominent position at the main entrance to each gaming area within your premises.

You are required to keep a register for all gaming machines that are kept on premises; this is referred to as the computer cabinet access register. Details need to be entered in the register whenever the computer cabinet on a gaming machine is accessed by anyone. Gaming machines that accept the input of notes as well of coins are permitted, however it is an offence to have a machine that accepts $50 or $100 notes.

Please be aware that there are specific operational requirements that must be complied with if you intend to install a cashless gaming system. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.


As specified on the licence.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Transfer of an Authorisation Certificate - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Act(s) name

Gaming Machine Act 2004 ACT

Administering agency

ACT Gambling and Racing Commission

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Enquiries, Licensing and Regulation

ACT Gambling and Racing Commission

Mailing address: ACT Gambling & Racing Commission
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6207 0359
Fax: 02 6207 7372