Department of Internal Affairs: Effectiveness of controls on non-casino gaming machines.

In some cases, the definitions in this Glossary are a simplified version of those in the Gambling Act 2003. Refer to that Act for complete definitions.

Apply funds: The main method used by operators, usually a club, to grant net funds obtained from gaming machines to the authorised purposes of their own organisation. This is different from distributing funds where the funds are directed to the wider community, rather than to the operator's own authorised purposes.

Audit: The systematic examination of any or all of a gaming machine venue's and/or operator's policies, procedures, practices, and records.

Authorised purpose: For non-casino gaming machines, a charitable purpose or a non-commercial purpose that benefits the whole or a section of the community. It also includes promoting, controlling, and conducting race meetings under the Racing Act 2003, including the payment of stakes.

Class 4 gambling: The meaning in section 30 of the Gambling Act 2003. It includes gambling that involves net proceeds being applied to, or distributed for, authorised purposes; that no person pays nor receives a commission for conducting; that satisfies relevant game rules; and that uses or involves a gaming machine.

Compliance: Conformity with the requirements of the law and any licence requirements.

Controls: The means used to promote, direct, restrain, govern, and check various activities.

Distribute funds: The main method used by operators to direct net funds obtained from gaming machines to authorised community purposes, usually by grants. This is diff erent from applying funds, where the funds are directed to an operator's own authorised purposes, rather than to the wider community.

Grant: A method of payment used to distribute net funds obtained from gaming machines to the community.

Inspection: A visit by Department of Internal Affairs staff to a gaming machine venue, to compare aspects of the venue's operation with the requirements of the Gambling Act 2003.

Investigation: An enquiry by the Department of Internal Affairs that may go into more detail than an audit, and that can involve third parties and areas falling outside of the scope of an audit. An investigation seeks to determine the substance of complaints or information received, or whether an offence has been committed.

Key person: For operators, the chief executive (or equivalent person), a person who is a trustee or other officer of the operator, and any other person who exercises a significant influence in the management of an operation that is an applicant for, or holder of, a licence.

For venues, see section 2 of the Gambling Act 2003 for a full definition. It includes a venue manager, venue personnel, a venue operator, a director, chief executive or senior manager of a venue operator, and any person contracted to service gaming machines at the venue.

Net proceeds: See section 2 of the Gambling Act 2003 for a full definition.

In summary, it means the funds available for application or distribution to authorised purposes.

Operator: An organisation that holds a licence under the Gambling Act 2003 to operate gaming machines in a venue or venues other than casinos.

Society: An association of persons established and conducted entirely for purposes other than commercial purposes.

Venue: A physical location outside of a casino where gaming machines are operated.

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