The City of Melbourne is building a robust framework to ensure the appropriate location and operation of gaming venues.

Melbourne is Victoria’s pre-eminent cultural and entertainment location, providing entertainment for residents, visitors and tourists, and services that satisfy the needs of the community. Whilst gaming represents a legal entertainment offering, gaming machines are recognised as the form of gambling associated with the greatest harms to individuals, their families and the broader community.

We are seeking to revise and update the existing local planning policy for gaming to reflect the current statutory regulatory framework in which gaming takes place, and provide a robust framework to guide the assessment of planning applications for gaming venues to minimise the impacts of gaming within the municipality.

Submissions to Melbourne Planning Scheme Amendment C307 are now closed. An independent Panel has been appointed by the Minister for Planning to consider submissions received during the public exhibition period.

Amendment background

Amendment C307 proposes to implement the outcomes of a review of the City of Melbourne’s gaming policy in the Melbourne Planning Scheme, by strengthening policy. This will ensure that electronic gaming machines are suitably located and operated as part of range of entertainment in the City, while ensuring that any social and economic impacts are also assessed.

It will make the following changes to the Planning Scheme:

  • Amend Clause 21.10-6 Cultural/Arts and Entertainment Facilities, to strengthen policy to ensure that electronic gaming machines operate as part of the overall range of entertainment activities in the municipality.
  • Amend Clause 21.12 Hoddle Grid, to strengthen policy to reduce the concentration of electronic gaming machines in the Hoddle Grid where they contribute to convenience gambling
  • Amend Clause 22.12 to introduce a revised policy which enables a more comprehensive assessment of the social and economic impacts of gaming, and assists in guiding the appropriate location and operation of gaming venues.
  • Amend the Schedule to Clause 52.28 Gaming, to update the list of shopping complexes where the installation or use of a gaming machine is prohibited.
  • Amendment C307 is supported by the reference documents; ‘City of Melbourne Electronic Gaming Machine Decision-Making Framework, 2017’, and ‘City of Melbourne Electronic Gaming Machine Review Background Report, 2017’.

    Amendment C307 seeks to revise the existing local planning policy for gaming in the Melbourne Planning Scheme, in addition to amending the planning provisions for gaming premises by updating the list of shopping complexes where the installation or use of a gaming machine is prohibited.

    If you are a current or prospective gaming venue operator, the revised local planning policy for gaming will inform City of Melbourne’s assessment of any planning permit application that seeks to install electronic gaming machines, or establish a new gaming venue.

    Panel hearing

    The period of public exhibition is complete, and all submissions have been considered by Council. Under the Planning and Environment Act 1987, Council can decide whether to make the change requested by submissions to the Amendment or request that the Minister for Planning to appoint an independent panel to review and hear submissions.

    All submitters to Amendment C307 will be contacted by Planning Panels Victoria and advised of panel hearing dates.

    Before making a final decision on the Amendment, Council will consider the independent panel’s advice. If the Amendment is adopted by Council, then it will be submitted to the Minister for Planning for final approval.

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