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Intralot to oversee gaming machines in Victoria

Last week the Victorian Government announced that as part of a restructure of the state’s gaming industry, Intralot Gaming Services would be asked to provide electronic monitoring of all the gambling machines in Victoria’s pubs and clubs.

The arrangement excludes Crown Casino in Melbourne, which will continue to operate under a separate monitoring system.

Intralot’s licence will run for 15 years, and from August next year will be part of an arrangement that replaces the separate monitoring systems provided by Tattersall’s and Tabcorp: it was a Department of Justice decision to award the licence to Intralot over a bid from Tattersall’s.

The integrity of gaming will continue to be overseen by the Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation.

Gaming Minister Michael O’Brien said the government would be working closely with the industry to prepare for the new arrangements, and to ensure a smooth transition:

‘it's very important for the probity and integrity of the process that we have an efficient and capable monitoring licensee. We believe we have that with Intralot.’ Mr. O’Brien also explained that Crown Casino would continue under its own monitoring system, as it is subject to different legislative requirements.

The change of legislation in Victoria, which could easily prompt reviews of gambling legislation throughout Australia, will mean that venues themselves own the gaming machines on their premises – hence the need for a new monitoring structure.

Intralot Gaming Services is well-established, providing monitoring services to licenced gaming organisations not just in Australia, but throughout the world. As licencee, Intralot will provide information to the Victorian Government that will be used for regulation, tax, and research purposes.

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