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Community Benefit Fund annual report 2013-2014



Community Benefit Fund annual report 2013-2014


Northern Territory. Department of Business. Gambling and Licensing Services


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Committee Membership and Meetings The Community Benefit Committee is comprised of at least three community representatives and government chair. Community members of the Committee are appointed in an honorary capacity by the Minister. Nominal fees for attending Committee activities may be paid at the discretion of the Minister. Community members are also entitled to reimbursement for out of pocket expenses in meeting obligations arising from participation in Committee activities, consistent with normal government policy. During 2013-14 the following members served on the CBF Committee for the periods listed below. Austin Chin (Darwin) 01 July 2013 30 June 2014 Sharon Wilson (Darwin) 01 July 2013 30 June 2014 Paul Davis (Alice Springs) 01 July 2013 30 June 2014 Government Representatives Doug Phillips (Chair) 01 July 2013 30 June 2014 Department of Business The Committee met on three occasions during 2013-14. Industry Contribution to Community Benefit Fund The gambling industry is a major contributor to the Northern Territory economy, with significant investment, employment and taxation revenue effects. It is also a key element in the broader recreational, hospitality and tourism sectors. However, the industry carries the potential for significant negative social consequences as a direct result of problem gambling aspects, particularly in regard to the operation of electronic gaming machines. To establish a responsible and balanced position for the industry, government requires that this sector of the gambling industry contributes to measures to address the adverse effects it created and more generally, to improve the broader community environment within which the machines operate. The required industry contribution is achieved in two ways: 1. through the imposition of a Community Benefit Fund levy on the electronic gaming machine takings from licensed hotels; and 2. by direct support to community improvement and development by licensed clubs operating electronic gaming machines. Community Benefit Fund Levy - Licensed Hotels The Fund is established under the Gaming Control Act to consolidate and manage the Community Benefit Fund levy collected from the operation of electronic gaming machines in licensed hotels. Funding is directed to specific areas of activity as specified in the legislation. Community Support Contributions Licensed Clubs As part of the arrangements for allowing gaming machines in community venues, clubs are required to make contributions to the local community and report those contributions on a regular basis. Guidelines exist to clarify what can be legitimately reported as a contribution. Section 68B(2)(b) of the Gaming Control Act requires the Community Benefit Fund Committee to monitor the contribution that clubs that are licensees under the Gaming Machine Act make to the community. In 2013-14, community support contributions from licensed clubs totalled $5.319 million, equating to 20% of net gaming machine revenue received. This represents an increase of 7% from the 2012-13 community support contributions, which totalled $3.167 million, equating to 13% of net gaming machine revenue received. (Table 5 refers) Page | 5

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