The Commission cannot approve an area as a gaming machine area unless that area is completely indoors.
For more information, please refer to Ministerial direction for gaming machine requirements (PDF: 895KB) section 3.3.7(5) of the Gambling Regulation Act 2003.
A gaming machine area must be physically discrete.
It must not be necessary for a patron of an approved venue to pass through a gaming machine area in order only 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 gaming area if there is either an alternative means of accessing that facility which does not require passing through the gaming machine area, or the same facility is available to patrons elsewhere in the venue, outside the gaming machine area.
For more information, refer to direction Gaming machine requirements listed on the website under VCGLR directions and guidelines > venue operator. Premises that have a children's play area will also have regard to the play area's location as far as practicable from the gaming machine area. For more information, refer to the Decision-Making Guidelines-Assessment of children's play areas in gaming premises (PDF: 400KB).
Refer to Proposed Guidance on Applying for Approval of Premises as Suitable for Gaming
Refer to Venue Manual Chapter 1.3 - Modification of Gaming Machine Area