The VCGLR cannot approve an area as a gaming machine area (GMA) unless that area is completely indoors.
For more information, please refer to section 3.3.7(5) of the Gambling Regulation Act 2003.
A GMA must be physically discrete.
Patrons must not be forced to pass through a GMA in order to enter or leave the venue or gain access to a facility, such as toilets or a smoking area.
However, access to a facility may be through a GMA if there is either an alternative means of accessing that facility which does not require passing through the GMA, or the same facility is available to patrons elsewhere in the venue, outside the GMA.
For more information, see Directions under Section 3.5.27 of the Gambling Regulation Act 2003
While these Directions were issued by the VCGLR's predecessor, they remain current and enforceable.
Premises that have a children's play area must also consider the location of this facility in relation to the GMA.
For more information, see
Decision-Making Guidelines-Assessment of children's play areas in gaming premises
Venue Manual Chapter 1.3 – Modification of gaming machine area