Amalgamating club gaming machine licences

If you hold a club licence, you can amalgamate your licence with another club if:

  • two or more associations (incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1985) amalgamate under that Act
  • the amalgamated club will carry on business at the premises of one of the amalgamating clubs
  • an application is made to the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner to amalgamate the liquor licences of the clubs
  • one or more of the amalgamating clubs holds a gaming machine licence.

You'll need to meet certain requirements and upload a copy of the certificate of amalgamation.

Application fees

Community impact assessment

The Liquor and Gambling Commissioner can:

  • issue a replacement copy of the gaming machine licence for the amalgamated club
  • reallocate gaming machine entitlements (as long as the premises of the amalgamated club is the same as the premises on the gaming machine licence).

If one of the clubs has a gaming machine licence, and the newly amalgamated body wants to continue holding that licence, the replacement liquor licence can only be issued for the premises that holds the gaming machine licence.

Community impact assessment

A community impact assessment demonstrates that granting your application is in the community interest.

Once your application is received, Consumer and Business Services (CBS) will determine whether you need to prepare a community impact assessment.

When making this decision, CBS consider:

  • harm that might be caused by gambling - whether to a community as a whole, or a specific group within that community
  • cultural, recreational, employment or tourism impacts
  • social impact in the community.

If you do need to prepare a community impact assessment, CBS will contact you and explain this process.

The level of detail required in a community impact assessment submission will vary for each application.

Application fees

Application fee: $143.00

Designated application: $143.00 (if required)

What happens next

Some applications are sent to the South Australia Police Licensing Enforcement Branch.

Some applications are also required to be advertised.

CBS will advise you of the next steps and what you need to do.

Submissions and interventions

If your application needs to be advertised, anyone will be able to lodge a submission.

Some reasons for making a submission to a gaming application include:

  • granting the application would be inconsistent with the objects of the Act
  • the premises are unsuitable to be licensed
  • granting the application would create undue offence, annoyance, disturbance or inconvenience to the people in the area
  • granting the application would affect the safety of children attending school in the area
  • the applicant is not a fit and proper person to hold a licence
  • granting the application would not be in the community interest.

The police may also intervene in your application if they have concerns about public safety and disturbance or the fitness and propriety of any person holding the licence.

Application process

If all the approvals are in place and there are no concerns raised by any member of the public (submissions) or police (interventions), the application process will take approximately six to eight weeks.

Submissions or interventions must be lodged at least seven days before the determination date.

If anyone submits a concern regarding your application you will receive a copy.

You may then be asked to submit a response the commissioner.

In some rare circumstances, you may also be asked to:

  • take part in a conciliation conference with SAPOL (or anyone else who submitted their concerns) and the commissioner or a delegate
  • attend a hearing before the Licensing Court.

When determining a matter, the commissioner or delegate must consider all submissions, interventions and responses.

Conciliation conferences and hearings

Contact CBS Liquor and Gaming


Phone: 131 882

GPO Box 2169
Adelaide SA 5001

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