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Community Benefit Committee
This includes the distribution and application of monies from the Community Benefit Fund consistent with the objectives defined under the Gaming Control Act .
The Committee also advises the minister in respect of the obligations of licensed clubs throughout the Territory to provide direct community benefit contributions to their local communities, as required under the Act.
What the Committee does
- gambling industry contributions
- budget allocations
- funding priorities and funds disbursement for research, gambling support and general community grants.
The Committee meets quarterly or more frequently as required. Subject to further development of the overall program, at this stage it is expected activities will involve a commitment of at least eight to ten days per annum.
Committee members include:
- Annette Gillanders - Chair
- Charles Burkitt - Deputy Chair
- Cindy Bravos - Director-General of Licensing
- Sharon Wilson
- Jennifer Lillis
- Vicki O'Halloran
- David Koch
- Nicole Walsh
- Nathan Tam
- Bronwyn McRostie
- Deborah Fracaro
- Michael Adams
- Craig Jervis
- Callum Mallett
- Stuart Kenny
- Tony Clementson
- Jason Hanna
How community members are appointed
A sitting fee is paid for attendance at meetings and is paid at a rate appropriate for a Class C3 Board or Committee. Currently the sitting fee is $228 per day.
- personal background and details
- professional background/life experiences
- community interests
- particular areas of interest and expertise relevant to Committee activities.
- profile and appointment details of Committee members
- an outline of the work of the Committee during the year
- details and statistical information on specific program activities during the year
- details of significant and successful projects
- historical data on funding allocations
- changes to program policy and procedures during the reporting period.
Ministerial responsibility and oversight
Administrative responsibility and assistance
- promotion and operation of the program
- coordination and processing of funding applications
- management of amelioration support and research activities
- overall fund administration
- general reporting of the program activities and progress to government and other stakeholders.
- monitor gambling trends and advise on gambling policy initiatives, consistent with the objectives of the Fund, which will enhance the application of available funding and improve the effectiveness of gambling research, amelioration and community support activities
- having regard to available fund capacity, problem gambling impacts, gambling information requirements, identified socio-economic disadvantage and needs in communities, levels of existing community support and other regional priorities, recommend budget allocations and periodic adjustments as required, for program funding categories
- provide appropriate advice to the planning and conduct of gambling research activities
- oversight direct community amenity contributions from licensed clubs and provide advice to the minister which will enhance the application of such contributions and ensure compliance with obligations of licensed clubs
- consider community grant applications and recommend specific grant allocations from the Community Benefit Fund and monitor acquittal processes for funds distributed and
- provide reports to the minister on the specific operations of the Fund and on community benefit aspects associated with gambling activity generally.
Community Benefit Fund program
- research into gambling activity, including the social and economic impact of gambling on individuals, families and the general community in the Northern Territory
- promotion of community awareness and education in respect of problem gambling and provision of counselling, rehabilitation and support services for problem gamblers and their families
- funding of general community projects and services of benefit to communities throughout the Northern Territory
- fund management and administrative support.
- funding for approved gambling amelioration and problem gambling support programs
- funding for gambling-related research projects undertaken by government and / or other approved organisations
- Community Benefit Fund grants for approved community improvement and development projects undertaken by eligible non-profit community organisations, including, but not restricted to projects in support of:
- the arts
- general community advancement.
Licensed clubs involved in the operation of EGMs are not subject to a Fund contributions levy, but are required to make a direct contribution to community development and improvement, particularly in their geographic areas of influence.
The level of contribution is expected to be commensurate with the level of gaming activity undertaken and the level of contribution as may be determined by the minister from time-to-time.
Section 68B of the Gaming Control Act outlines the requirements for the Community Benefit Committee to monitor the contributions made to the community by clubs.
Under Section 36 of the Gaming Machine Act, the Director-General of Licensing can require a club to provide information that the Director-General considers appropriate to assess the contribution that the club is making to the community and, in particular, its contribution through gaming machines. To assist clubs in providing information about their community contributions, a reporting pro-forma has been developed by the Community Benefit Fund Secretariat.
Go to the Northern Territory Government website to read the guidelines about keeping records about, and reporting on, clubs' contribution to their communities.
Go to the Northern Territory Government website for information about Community Benefit Grants including:
- gambling amelioration fund
- quick community grants
- small and major community grants
- vehicle gifts and long term loans.
- the level of research and investigation required to maintain a satisfactory knowledge level of contemporary gambling developments, gambling generally and the impacts of gambling on the community, as the basis for policy development, industry management and establishment of remedial programs to address problem gambling
- the amount of community support required to address identified disadvantage and social hardship caused by gambling
- the level of general community need identified throughout the Territory as appropriate to receive support from this funding source.
Community Benefit Fund
Level 3, NAB House
71 Smith Street
Darwin NT 0800
GPO Box 1154
Darwin NT 0801
Phone: 1300 650 153 (free call) or (08) 8923 7616
Last updated: 12 December 2016