From the Attorney-General

Shannon Fentiman
Attorney-General, Minister for Justice, 
Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence


BILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT IN SECTOR

The Palaszczuk Government is committed to making it easier to do business in Queensland and to strengthening the state’s economy through the 2022-23 Queensland Budget.

The Budget builds on the more than $1 billion invested to support hospitality and tourism operators during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It includes a $1.2 billion investment to continue delivering high quality training and creating career pathways for Queenslanders which will be essential to addressing the labour and skill shortages being experienced by the hospitality industry.

On top of the support for the industry announced in this year’s Budget, we have progressed several initiatives that directly benefit clubs over the past 12 months.

This includes initiating a two-year trial reducing the visitor radius to zero kilometres for community clubs and introducing the option to offer electronic funds transfer for certain gaming machine payments on top of your existing payment methods in 2021.

The government also increased the TITO limit for gaming machines to $500 – up from $199.99 – earlier this year with a view to helping clubs achieve gaming floor efficiency, improved security and better customer service.

This means patrons will be able to transfer their gaming machine payouts across gaming machines via a TITO ticket up to the value of $500. Cash input limits remain limited to $199.99 to help minimise potential harm from gambling.

On the topic of gambling harm minimisation, the Palaszczuk Government released its four-year plan to prevent and minimise gambling harm to Queenslanders, families, and local communities in July 2021.

Since then, we have made significant progress in delivering the plan, including most recently launching the “Let’s start yarning about gambling” campaign during Gambling Harm Awareness Week 2022.

The campaign aims to promote safe gambling messages in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The campaign is one of a number of targeted campaigns that acknowledge the need to deliver gambling harm education to a range of groups in our Queensland community including young people and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

The club industry will play a key role in a range of broader initiatives that are being progressed through the plan which are supported by the Responsible Gambling Advisory Committee and two working groups.

I look forward to seeing government, industry and community continue to work together on this important plan to reduce gambling-related harm in Queensland.