A venue operator must not modify a gaming machine area (GMA) in an approved venue without our prior approval unless we have identified the changes as "low risk".
1.3 Modification of gaming machine area
For a list of "low risk" modifications that do not need prior approval, see alterations to gaming machine areas
If you are unsure if your modification is low risk, you should contact us
The following are NOT considered low risk modifications:
- any increase or decrease in the number of installed gaming machines
- any change to the size or location of the GMA
- any change to the GMA perimeter.
When deciding whether to approve applications to modify a GMA, The VCGLR will consider the size, layout and facilities of the approved venue plus any other matter that the VCGLR considers relevant.
The VCGLR may approve or refuse your application. The approval may come with or without conditions.
For more information, see section 3.3.16 of the Gambling Regulation Act 2003
We will also consider certain matters as directed by the responsible Minister including where the premises contains:
- a children's play area, the VCGLR must consider the
Decision-Making Guidelines - Assessment of children's play areas in gaming premises
- residential accommodation, the VCGLR must consider the
Decision Making Guidelines – Approval of premises suitable for gaming
For more information, see
We will only accept applications to modify a GMA via the Online Gambling Services Portal