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2 June 2016

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Update on new Problem Gambling Levy Regulations

The Gambling (Problem Gambling Levy) Regulations 2016 have now been made and new problem gambling levy rates will apply from 1 July 2016.

On 27 May we told you that the Associate Health Minister, Peter Dunne, had released an updated three-year integrated problem gambling strategy.

Read the Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm 2016/17 to 2018/19

 The Crown recovers the cost of developing and implementing this strategy through a problem gambling levy on the profits of the main gambling operators.

The Regulations require gambling operators in each of the four main gambling sectors to pay a levy set at a different rate for each of the sectors.

The levy is set as a percentage of player expenditure (after prizes are paid out) in each sector over the levy period.  The new levy rates for the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019 are set out in this table:

Gambling Sector 2016/17 to 2018/19 levy rates (GST excl)
Non-Casino Gaming Machines 1.30% of player expenditure
Casinos 0.87% of player expenditure
New Zealand Racing Board 0.52% of player expenditure
New Zealand Lotteries Commission 0.40% of player expenditure

View the Gambling (Problem Gambling Levy) Regulations 2016