Authorised Sale of Gaming Machine Operating Authorities – April/May 2023 Tender

The Public Trustee of Queensland has advised the next hotel gaming machine tender will open on 19 April with a closing date of 10 May 2023.

This is the third and last tender under the 12-month trial conditions:

The government has reduced the tax commission (for sellers) on the sale of gaming machine authorities from 33 per cent to 15 per cent for a 12-month trial period, which commenced on 1 July 2022.

In addition to the reduced commission, a minimum acceptable price for tendered authorities in each of the 3 authority regions will be established and published.

The minimum acceptable prices and number of authorities available for each region for this next tender are:

Region Available Minimum Acceptable Price
South East 103 $ 324,954
Coastal 35 $ 166,897
Western 8 $  40,000


These prices are based on a weighted average of recent tender results in South East and Coastal regions with the price for the Western region established taking account of historic sales data (due to the lack of recent sales). The tender process is a competitive one with available authorities awarded to the highest bidders. The minimum acceptable price operates as a reserve price rather than a guarantee. If the minimum price is not met for any available authorities, they will be retained for the next tender.

The hotel sector is at capacity under our cap of 19,500 EGM’s. Authorities only become available via existing venues decreasing EGM’s or surrendering entire gaming licence within each respective pool’s geographic area.