Electronic Gaming Machine Reallocation Scheme


On 8 May 2001 the Queensland Government introduced a statewide cap on the total number of gaming machines in hotels. As part of this cap, the Queensland Government also announced the creation of a scheme that would allow the trade of gaming machines (authorities) that become available in the market.

The scheme allows the reallocation of gaming machine operating authorities that become available within the cap as a result of:

  • a hotel closing
  • a reduction in the number of approved gaming machines
  • the surrender or cancellation of the gaming machine licence.

Read more about gaming machine operating authorities (hotels).


The scheme manages 24,705 club-operated gaming machine entitlements.

On 8 October 2009, Queensland Parliament approved legislation for the reallocation of gaming machine entitlements within the statewide cap on club-operated gaming machines. One entitlement represents the club's ability to operate 1 gaming machine.

On 30 November 2009, all existing clubs in Queensland were provided with a number of entitlements defined by the new legislation. These clubs now have the ability to trade these entitlements with other clubs.

From 14 March 2014, clubs are able to apply for up to 300 gaming machines at a single premise, an increase of 20 gaming machines. In addition, a club with 2 licensed premises may apply for a maximum of 450 gaming machines under its licence, while clubs with 3 or more premises may apply for 500 gaming machines under its licence, as long as there are no more than 300 gaming machines at any 1 premises.

Read more about gaming machine entitlements (clubs).

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