Problem gambling levy

The problem gambling levy is set under the Gambling Act 2003 to reimburse the Government for the costs of the problem gambling integrated strategy to prevent and minimise gambling harm.

The levy is collected on the profits of New Zealand’s 4 main gambling operators: gaming machines in pubs and clubs, casinos, the New Zealand Racing Board and the New Zealand Lotteries Commission.

The levy is set every 3 years, with the formula used for calculating the levy rates for each sector specified by the Gambling Act 2003. The levy is calculated using rates of player expenditure (losses) on each gambling subsector and rates of client presentations to problem gambling services attributable to each gambling subsector.

The Department of Internal Affairs publishes gambling player expenditure statistics.

New Zealand Legislation publishes the Gambling Act which contains the formula used to calculate the levy rates.

The Ministry of Health publishes the rates of client presentations to problem gambling services.

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