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Community Benefit Fund annual report 2013-2014

Details:

Title

Community Benefit Fund annual report 2013-2014

Creator

Northern Territory. Department of Business. Gambling and Licensing Services

Collection

E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Community Benefit Fund annual report; Annual Report

Date

2014

Notes

Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Language

English

Subject

Community Benefit Fund; Periodical; Charitie; Finance; Public welfare; Gambling; Social aspect; Annual report

Publisher name

Northern Territory Government

Place of publication

Darwin

Series

Community Benefit Fund annual report; Annual Report

Volume

2013/2014

File type

application/pdf

Use

Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Northern Territory Government

License

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/256337

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/521226

Related items

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/521228

Page content

Community Benefit Fund The Community Benefit Fund was established to provide funding support for gambling-related research and amelioration programs concerned with problem gambling, as well as community benefit grants which provide assistance for general community development and improvement purposes. Section 68A of the Gaming Control Act, provides that: (1) the Director (of Licensing) must maintain in the Agencys Operating Account a fund to be known as the Community Benefit Fund; and (2) Moneys in the Community Benefit Fund are to be applied for the following purposes: a. research into gambling activity, including the social and economic impact of gambling on individuals, families and the community; b. promotion of community awareness and education in respect of problem gambling and provision of counselling, rehabilitation and support services for problem gamblers and their families in the Territory; c. funding of community projects and services of benefit to communities throughout the Territory; and d. management and administrative support of the Fund. The Fund receives a 10 percent levy on player loss from electronic gaming machines in licensed hotels, unclaimed prizes paid to the Director of Licensing and proceeds from items forfeited under the Gaming Control Act. Each year the Minister for Business determines how this money will be distributed by the fund in terms of gambling amelioration, small and major community organisation grants and administration. Two rounds of small community organisation grants and vehicle gifting / long term loans are conducted every year, as well as one round of gambling amelioration and major community organisation grants. Each round is advertised in local papers throughout the Territory. This year a third round of small community organisations grants was held in June. The responsibility for assessing applications requesting funding from the above grant categories falls on the Community Benefit Committee (the Committee) which has been established by the Minister for Business to advise and assist the Minister in the operation of the Fund. The Committee also advises the Minister about the obligations of licensed clubs throughout the Territory to provide direct community benefit contributions to their local communities, as required under the Gaming Machine Act. Administrative Responsibility Under the Gaming Control Act (the Act), the Director of Licensing (the Director) has responsibility to maintain the Community Benefit Fund (CBF). The Directors duties in relation to the CBF can be broadly summarised as follows: maintain the CBF in the agency operating account; determine the revenue of the CBF through assessing gaming machine levy; monitor and report on club community contributions; and approve funds for gambling related research. Gambling and Licensing Services in the Department of Business is responsible for the coordination, management and administration of the program. This includes secretariat and executive support to the Committee as well as promoting the program within the wider community. The secretariat is also responsible for the management of amelioration support and research activities, overall fund administration and general reporting of the program activities and progress to Government and other stakeholders. Licensing inspectors in the Department of Business are responsible for ensuring returns are provided by each club and checking that contributions claimed on the returns are eligible. Page | 4


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