The Gambling Regulation Amendment (Pre-commitment) Act 2014 (VIC) (Victorian Act) received Royal Assent on 11 February 2014. Accordingly, Victoria is the first Australian jurisdiction to legislatively require voluntary pre-commitment technology to be connected to gaming machines (from 1 December 2015 subject to a direction by the Minister). The Victorian pre- commitment system will also enable players to track their playing history and spending over time. Venue operators will be required to provide and maintain certain player account equipment to facilitate the operation of the pre-commitment system at their venues.
It is also to be noted that other jurisdictions, such as Queensland and South Australia, have had voluntary programs for gaming machines in place by agreement with venue operators for some time now.