Hosting Two-up on Anzac Day
If you wish to host Two-up at your hotel as part of an official function for Anzac Day (or another designated day) you must obtain approval in writing from an RSL sub-branch.
Basic regulations for hosting Two-up:
- No commission can be charged on money wagered. All money wagered in the game must be returned to players as winnings.
- If an entry fee is charged for those who participate in the game, the money raised is to be paid to the RSL or RSL sub-branch to be used to support ex-service men and women and their families. Money raised from entry fees cannot be used for administrative purposes.
- People aged under 18 must not play Two-up.
Gaming licence surrender and gaming machine disposal
If you’re considering surrendering your gaming machine licence and disposing of your gaming machines, there are a number of things you need to take into account.
Firstly, you need notify the Office of Liquor Gaming Regulation (OLGR) of your intention to surrender your gaming machine licence.
Download Form 12: Surrender notification of gaming machine licence and complete the parts which are relevant to your venue. Submit this form to OLGR, along with your current gaming machine licence document (this must be the original - a photocopy is not acceptable). You may also need to submit other relevant documentation, depending on your venue type. The Business Queensland website business.qld.gov.au/liquor-gaming provides details on these requirements.
Also, when surrendering your gaming machine licence any associated operating authorities will automatically be included in the next authorised sale of operating authorities.
Disposal of gaming machines
When surrendering your gaming machine licence, you must dispose of your gaming machines as prescribed by legislation – either sale or destruction. This also applies when you want to decrease the number of gaming machines at your venue.
- Disposal of gaming machines by sale
- You can only sell gaming machines to another licensee, i.e. a hotel or a club that holds a gaming machine licence.
- Gaming machines must not be sold or given away for display purposes within a home or a museum, even if they may be classified as antiques, and must not be converted or repurposed for any other use.
- Owners of private collections, such as a museum exhibition, must first obtain approval from the Commissioner for Liquor and Gaming before being in possession of a gaming machine.
- Selling gaming machines to an unlicensed person will result in the gaming machines being confiscated and both the seller and buyer, or person in possession of the machine, being prosecuted.
- Disposal of gaming machines by destruction
- If you can’t sell your gaming machines to another licensee, you must arrange for them to be destroyed. This includes machines that are no longer in working order - gaming machines must not be converted, displayed or reused in any way.
- You don’t need to seek OLGR’s approval prior to having the machines destroyed.
- Gaming machines must be destroyed by being completely crushed. You can take your gaming machines to a company that has crushing facilities, or to the local refuse station where graders are available to crush items.
- Don’t remove any part of the machines such as art work, electronic components or serial plates before it is crushed.
- Make sure you keep any paperwork relating to your gaming machines being crushed, in case an OLGR inspector requests proof of their destruction.
For more details on the above requirements go to business.qld.gov.au/liquor-gaming
Hotel employee found guilty of illegal gambling
In early 2020, a former employee of a central Queensland hotel was fined after gambling illegally during her work shifts on 26 occasions.
The former duty manager appeared in her local Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to two charges under the Keno Act 1996.
An investigation began after the hotel manager witnessed the defendant playing Keno on the hotel’s CCTV footage and contacted the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR).
OLGR’s investigation revealed the defendant played Keno gaming 26 times and also took part in credit betting on eight occasions, while working at the hotel.
Under section 159A(1) of the Act, Keno agents and their employees are prohibited from taking part in Keno gaming at a place where the agent conducts Keno gaming. Section 148(2) of the Act also prohibits employees making a loan or extending credit in any form to any person, including themselves, to enable a person to take part in Keno.
The defendant admitted she knew it was an offence to take part in Keno gaming at her place of employment and was fined $2,500.
It’s disappointing that people knowingly break the law. This person was trusted by her employer and had the knowledge to conduct herself in an appropriate manner.
This is a reminder to all licensees to effectively supervise and monitor their staff and regularly reinforce the regulatory requirements with them.
What are you really buying them?
Hoteliers can keep an eye out for our What are you really buying them? campaign signage, set to arrive in the mail over the coming weeks.
This secondary supply campaign, which replaces the Most expensive drink campaign signage, aims to encourage parents, step-parents, guardians and friends of under 18s to think before supplying them with alcohol.
Research has shown us that up to 1 in 5 under 18s are victims of alcohol-related incidents. Hoteliers who sell take-away alcohol are in a position to reduce this statistic by raising awareness of the risks of secondary supply in-store.
We worked closely with the Queensland Hotels Association to determine the best signage for your specific venues. You will receive posters and A5 cards, depending on your venue. These can be displayed either within your main premises or takeaway outlets, including near your fridges or shelves, or at the point of sale.
If you’d like more or different collateral than what you’ve been supplied, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have digital displays in-venue, an LCD image is available for download on the Business Queensland website, go to business.qld.gov.au/liquor-gaming.
Further information on the campaign can be viewed at qld.gov.au/alcoholandunder18s.