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Australia – Western Australian government agrees to EGM reforms

By - 17 March 2023

The Western Australian government has agreed to a AU$10 betting limit on electronic gaming machines with pre-set weekly loss limits, along with mandatory carded play on all machines.

The move follows the recent Royal Commission investigation into Crown Perth with the state government supporting 49 of the Royal Commission’s 59 recommendations with another eight supported in-principle and one supported in-part.

The government said: “This will further strengthen WA’s existing tough gaming machine restrictions. The Government has reiterated its policy that poker machines are not allowed and will not be allowed in Western Australia, and electronic gaming machines will not be allowed outside of Burswood Casino. There will be no weakening of this necessary ban.”

Racing and Gaming Minister Reece Whitby added: “This is an important milestone in progressing these reforms and holding the state’s only casino to account. We will continue to work to ensure the operation of Perth Casino and its governance meets the expectations of the Western Australian community. Significant reforms have already been implemented and more are underway. This is the next step in addressing the Royal Commission’s findings and recommendations and it’s crucial we get this right.”

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