Community Impact Statement – Gaming

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Community Impact Statement – Gaming

A Community Impact Statement is required for all Gaming Site License applications. This involves a comprehensive report that investigates the likely social and economic impacts on the local community that may result should the application be approved. The Community Impact Statement involves an extensive consultation process involving community representatives  in the local community area.

The Community Impact Statement involves a comprehensive analysis of the following:

  • The defined local community area (including size and type of venue, patron characteristics, size and distribution of membership base (if applicable), physical barriers to site access, location of other gaming machines, cultural or social factors and population density;
  • Demographic profile of the local community (including population growth, education, occupation, median incomes, employment, ethnicity, housing, family types, domestic violence, crime rates and financial hardship);
  • Industry and businesses in the area;
  • Importance of tourism;
  • Analysis of gambling sensitive sites in the local community;
  • Site profile (including details about the applicant, site size and type, community benefit and likely patron types);
  • Social Impacts (including problem gambling or the potential for problem gambling, gaming sensitive sites, accessibility of gaming machines and gaming machines sites, expenditure of gaming machines, compatibility with the amenity of the local community, synergy with neighbouring businesses, residences and community facilities, lifestyle, recreational and other social impacts and the effectiveness of the site’s responsible gambling activities);
  • Economic Impacts (including venue employment, impact on local businesses, distribution of gaming revenue, complementary expenditure at venue, value of contracts to supply goods and services generated by the proposal, value of any construction or development associated with the proposal and contributions and other economic impacts

An overall evaluation must be made on the net social, the net economic and the overall net impact of the proposal on the local community. Once the report is complete, the Community Impact Statement is submitted to the Queensland Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation for consideration.