History of gaming regulation



First race meeting held in Brisbane.


First lottery conducted by Golden Casket.

11 August 1962

Legal off-course betting provided by TAB.

20 November 1985

Conrad Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast opened.

14 May 1986

Sheraton Townsville Hotel and Casino opened.

11 February 1992

Gaming machines operational in licensed clubs.

30 April 1992

Gaming machines operational in hotels/taverns.

11 April 1995

Conrad International Treasury Casino in Brisbane opened.

24 January 1996

Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns opened.

August 1996

The Problem Gambling Advisory Committee established (name changed to Responsible Gambling Advisory Committee in 1998).

1 July 1997

The Queensland Government commenced withdrawing from gaming machine ownership and gaming machine monitoring.

1 July 1997

Keno play available at non-casino venues.

1 August 1997

Lottery licence issued to Golden Casket Lottery Corporation Ltd.

1 October 1998

The Interactive gambling (Player Protection) Act 1998 commenced.

1 April 1999

Licensed monitoring operators commenced monitoring of machine gaming sites.

1 July 1999

Regulation of UNiTAB commenced.

15 September 1999

Privatisation of TAB Queensland.

1 December 1999

Charitable and Non-Profit Gaming Act 1999 commenced.

21 April 2000

Policy direction for gambling in Queensland released.

1 July 2000

Gaming sites with a liquor nominee required to have a gaming nominee.

1 December 2000

Clubs with more than 50 gaming machines required to lodge community benefit statements. Introduction of the requirement to submit a community impact statement as supporting material for gaming machine applications of ‘significant community impact’.

8 May 2001

Number of gaming machines in hotels capped.

1 July 2001

Major facilities levy paid by hotels with metered wins over $100,000.

1 December 2001

Gaming machine bank note acceptors limited to accepting $5, $10 and $20 notes.

February 2002

The Queensland Responsible Gambling Strategy was launched.

20 May 2002

The voluntary industry Queensland Responsible Gambling Code of Practice launched.

1 July 2002

Gambling taxes, major facilities levy and Keno licence fee collected by the Office of State Revenue.

1 July 2003

Re-allocation scheme for hotel gaming machines commenced.

1 July 2006

The cap on the maximum number of hotel gaming machines in Queensland increased from 18,843 to 20,000.

17 April 2008

Queensland Government announced a raft of harm minimisation initiatives, including:

  • a statewide moratorium on the approval of new gaming machines in clubs
  • a moratorium on the release of gaming machine operating authorities in hotels for 2 years (extended for a further 2 years in April 2010).

16 November 2008

Queensland Government announced that the number of club gaming machines in Queensland would be permanently capped.

30 November 2009

The Club Gaming Machine Reallocation Scheme commenced, with the number of gaming machines in Queensland clubs capped at 24,705.

16 April 2010

Moratorium on additional EGMs introduced in April 2008 extended to April 2012.

16 April 2012

Moratorium on additional EGMs in hotels lapses.

1 July 2012

Hotel cap reduces to 19,500 EGMs that could be operational.

1 February 2012

Individual hotel licences increased to 45.

21 September 2012

Removal of gaming employee licences.

1 January 2013

Abolition of the Liquor and Gaming Commission. Appointment of a single Commissioner for Liquor and Gaming.

27 May 2016

The Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Act 2016 commenced.

13 October 2016

Casino licence granted for The Star, Brisbane casino.