Guide to pokies application process

Under Victorian law, local councils and communities can have a say about:

  • the opening of a new venue with electronic gaming machines (EGMs or pokies) and
  • an increase in EGMs in an existing venue.

Introducing more pokies involves two types of regulations that allow local government and public input.

  1. A council may make a submission to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) with regard to licensing the machines
  2. The council may grant or refuse a planning permit for the machines and the public or applicant may then object to that decision. Objections are heard by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Community members can express their concerns about applications for additional pokies by speaking with council staff or Councillors. Should an application be denied and proceed to a VCAT hearing, public submissions can be made.