In July 2004, the New Zealand Government’s Ministry of Health took over responsibility for managing the funding of, and relationships with, gambling problem support services. The funding comes from a levy on the gambling industry regulated through the Gambling Act 2003. Than two percent of adults in New Zealand are susceptible to becoming problem gamblers. This graph shows the percentages of gambling risk types (across all modes) during 2011/12. According to research by Business and Economic Research Ltd (BERL), New Zealand has one of the lowest rates of problem gambling in the world2 (see table below).
- The New Zealand Gambling (Problem Gambling Levy) Regulations 2019 have been confirmed by Cabinet. The new regulations come into force on 1 July 2019.
- 6 Problem gambling levy The levy rates set out in Schedule 2 must be paid to the Commissioner by casino operators, gaming machine operators, the Lotteries Commission, and the New Zealand Racing Board. 7 Period of levy The levy rates are payable for the period from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019 (both dates inclusive).
New Zealand Problem Gambling Levy Rates
The Gambling (Problem Gambling Levy) Regulations 2019 have been confirmed by Cabinet.
The regulations will introduce new levy rates for the four levy-paying sectors and are planned to come into force on 1 July 2019. The newly confirmed levy rates (GST exclusive) are: gaming machine operators (0.78% of player expenditure); casinos (0.56% of player expenditure); NZ Lotteries Commission (0.43% of player expenditure); and New Zealand Racing Board (0.52% of player expenditure).
Decisions made on the new levy rates come after the Department of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Health have consulted with the Gambling Commission, gambling operators, providers of services to prevent and minimise harmful gambling, and other affected groups.
New Zealand Problem Gambling Levy Rate
The Regulatory Impact Assessment and the associated Cabinet paper will be proactively released on the Department of Internal Affairs and Ministry of Health’s website shortly.
New Zealand Problem Gambling Levy 2019
The levy will be used to fund a national strategy and service delivery plan to prevent and minimise gambling harm.