326A Temporary operation of gambling equipment for research or evaluation purposes

(1)

Despite section 326, the Secretary may, by notice in the Gazette, declare that any gambling equipment may be temporarily operated at a class 4 venue or casino venue without complying with minimum standards if—

(a)

the operation of the gambling equipment is primarily for research or evaluation purposes for the purpose of this Act; and

(b)

the methodology of the research or evaluation proposal is approved by the department responsible for the integrated problem gambling strategy; and

(c)

the gambling equipment used for the research or evaluation purposes is to be operated for no longer than 12 months; and

(d)

the operation of the gambling equipment complies with all other relevant requirements of this Act.

(2)

A declaration made under subsection (1) must include the following information and conditions:

(a)

the purpose of the research or evaluation; and

(b)

the commencement and expiry date of the research or evaluation; and

(c)

the name of the gambling operator who will conduct the gambling at the venue at which the research or evaluation will take place; and

(d)

the address and a description of the venue at which the gambling will be conducted; and

(e)

details of the gambling equipment that may be operated at the venue for the research or evaluation purposes; and

(f)

any other conditions that the Secretary thinks fit, including conditions relating to—

(i)

the management of the research or evaluation:

(ii)

the ownership of the data generated by the research or evaluation:

(iii)

the management of the gambling that will be conducted, including records that must be kept and reporting requirements:

(iv)

the need to minimise the possibility of problem gambling while conducting the research or evaluation:

(v)

the need to encourage responsible gambling while conducting the research or evaluation:

(vi)

the areas within a venue that are the only areas permitted for operating gambling equipment in conducting the research or evaluation; and

(g)

any other conditions consistent with this Act that the Secretary considers will promote or ensure compliance with this Act.

(3)

The Secretary may revoke an approval given under subsection (1) at any time during the conduct of the research or evaluation.

(4)

The Secretary may consider a request from any person to make a declaration under subsection (1).

Section 326A: inserted, on 3 March 2015, by section 111 of the Gambling Amendment Act 2015 (2015 No 3).