Community Support From Community Benefit Payment Scheme

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Community Benefit Payment Scheme

Community benefit payments fund programs for not-for-profits and registered charities that support the social wellbeing of the local community.

Your organisation could receive funding for the programs you offer around responsible gambling, gambling harm, health and crisis services.

We may also provide community benefit payments to statewide or regionally based organisations that provide a benefit for the local community.

How the Community Benefit Payment Scheme works

When a venue applies to Liquor & Gaming NSW to increase the gaming machines on its premises, it must also complete a Local Impact Assessment (LIA). The LIA examines the impact that the additional machines may have in your community. The Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority uses the LIA to determine if approving the application will have an overall positive impact on your community.

If the application is approved, the venue must make community benefit payments to the Responsible Gambling Fund (RGF). The payments are calculated and fixed. They may be a single, one-off payment or an annual payment for up to 5 years.

The RGF then distributes those funds to organisations in the venue’s local community. If your organisation is a not-for-profit or registered charity that supports the social wellbeing of the local community, you may be eligible for a community benefit payment.

How the RGF allocates community benefit payments

The RGF forms a community contribution panel to determine what organisations would benefit and make recommendations to the Deputy Secretary of Hospitality and Racing. It makes sure that the allocation of funds as a result of a gaming machine increase is transparent, and payments are specifically targeted at gambling harm minimisation, health and social related services for the local community.

Community contribution panels consist of a local community representative (say, a Local Government or Health representative), responsible gambling experts (a GambleAware counselling service), a departmental representative and an RGF Trustee

Criteria for assessing your community organisation

  • Generally, payments are made to not-for-profit organisations and registered charities that support the social wellbeing of the local community. They’re usually a one-off offer to help those organisations to continue and further their work in the community.
  • Assessment criteria include your organisation’s service model and your organisation’s ability to use the funds you receive on gambling harm minimisation, health and social related services for the local community.
  • Payments are often tied to specific project outcomes, like responsible gambling education or services directed to gamblers.

How to register your interest

If this sounds like your organisation, put up your hand for a future community benefit payment by completing a short questionnaire and we’ll make sure you’re on our list.

Upcoming community contribution panels

These applications have been approved by ILGA, and community contribution panels will be convened when the venues commence trading:

These applications have been approved by ILGA, and community contribution panels will be convened:

  • Commercial Hotel Junee
  • Yanco Hotel

Meet past community benefit payment recipients

Project objectives

  • Culturally appropriate primary and allied health services and early intervention to Aboriginal communities
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Mid & Northern NSW

$69,933.94 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2025 

LIA: Seaview Tavern

Project objectives

  • Support for programs targeting priority areas, including emergency relief, domestic violence, isolation and homelessness with a focus on CALD communities in the Burwood LGA
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross referral and collaboration with GambleAware Central Sydney

$49,406.67 per annum for 3 years with a review in 2026 

LIA: Bath Arms Hotel

Project objectives

  • Community engagement programs with a focus on the East Maitland community
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral to GambleAware Hunter New England

$44,566.90 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2025

LIA: The Bank Hotel

Project objectives

  • Emergency financial support services
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral to GambleAware Hunter New England

$50,934.00 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2025

LIA: Great Northern Hotel

Project objectives

  • Mental health and crisis intervention
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral to GambleAware Illawarra & Southern NSW

$95,958.54 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2025

LIA: Tourist Hotel & Queanbeyan Bowling Club

Project objectives

  • Support for Karma Kitchen and the provision of free meals to people experiencing food insecurity
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral to GambleAware Central Sydney

$70,348.75 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2025

LIA: Homebush Hotel

Project objectives

  • Adolescent and family counselling
  • Youth engagement through the Northlakes Youth Project
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral to GambleAware Hunter New England

$138,595.00 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2025

LIA: Argenton Hotel, Great Northern Hotel & Rafferty’s by the Lake 

Project objectives

  • Crisis accommodation and support for homelessness
  • Gambling education and awareness 
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Central Sydney

$53,885.53 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2025

LIA: The Abercrombie Hotel

Project objectives

  • Culturally appropriate health services and self-care programs for Aboriginal communities, including the Elders Health Day and Elders Olympics
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Mid & Northern NSW

$112,218.32 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2025

LIA: Park Beach Hotel – 2 & Amble Inn

Project objectives

  • Mental health and crisis intervention
  •  Gambling education and awareness
  •  Cross-referral to GambleAware Illawarra & Southern NSW

$88,082.91 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2025 
  
LIA: North Nowra Tavern & Mollymook Golf Club 

 

Project objectives

  • Homelessness, crisis support and advocacy
  • Assistance with cost of living
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Illawarra & Southern NSW and St Benedict’s Community Centre

$95,958.54 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2026

LIA: Tourist Hotel and Queanbeyan Bowling Club

Project objectives

  • Primary support and health programs for Aboriginal communities in the Lake Macquarie area
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross referral and collaboration with GambleAware Hunter New England and GambleAware Statewide Aboriginal Service

$138,595.00 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2025

LIA: Argenton Hotel, The Great Northern Hotel and Rafferty’s by the Lake

 

Project objectives

  • Programs to support individuals and families impacted by the cost of living crisis and food insecurity
  • Provision of free meals to people experiencing food insecurity
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Central Sydney

$70,348.75 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2025 

LIA: Homebush Hotel

 

Project objectives

  • Multicultural family support, settlement support and case work in the Newcastle area
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Hunter New England

$126,926.00 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2025 

LIA: Albion Hotel, Fire Station Tavern, Lemon Grove Hotel and Seven Seas Hotel 

 

Project objectives

  • Support to the local community including free legal and tax advice, counselling and support for vulnerable families
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Mid & Northern NSW

$70,304.40 per annum for 3 years with a review in 2026 

LIA: Park Beach Hotel and Seaview Tavern

 

Project objectives

  • Recognising and responding to gambling harm integrated into case management, programs and delivery, targeting youth
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Illawarra & Southern NSW

$91,627.31 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2025

LIA: Malua Bay Bowling and Recreation Club

 

Project objectives

  • Mental health services for Aboriginal communities in the Newcastle area
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Hunter New England

$126,926.00 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2025

LIA: Albion Hotel, Fire Station Tavern, Lemon Grove Hotel and Seven Seas Hotel

 

Project objectives

  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Residential support for homeless youth and engagement and education for post-graduation youth
  • Cross referral to GambleAware Central Sydney and complementary youth support services

$101,211 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2026

LIA: Hurlstone Park Hotel - 2

Project objectives

  • Project Hope 2770
  • Legal Advice and education
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with and referrals to GambleAware Blue Mountains & Western Sydney

$84,862.07 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2025

LIA: Lone Pine Tavern

Project objectives

  • Programs focused on welfare and social assistance along with women’s support programs and mental health outreach programs for emerging CALD communities
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Collaboration with referrals to GambleAware South Eastern Sydney

$107,386.50 per annum for 2 years with review in 2025

LIA: St George Motor Boat Club & One Hurstville Plaza Hotel

Project objectives

  • Programs focused on supporting CALD communities and emerging migrant groups
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Collaboration with referrals to GambleAware South Eastern Sydney

$107,386.50 per annum for 2 years with review in 2025

LIA: St George Motor Boat Club & One Hurstville Plaza Hotel

Project objectives

  • Programs focused on youth housing and homelessness, education employment and training
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Collaboration with and referrals to GambleAware South Eastern Sydney

$161,755.50 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2025

LIA: St George Motor Boat Club & One Hurstville Plaza Hotel

Project objectives

  • Case management and crisis support for female victims of domestic violence
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Illawarra & Southern NSW

$119,620 per annum for 2 years with a review (date to be confirmed)

LIA: Cabbage Tree Hotel

Project objectives

  • Health and social support services targeted to the Indigenous community in the Taree and old Bar communities
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware state-wide Aboriginal service

$88,858 per annum for two years with an evaluation in 2025

LIA: Old Bar Tavern

Project objectives

  • Support for primary prevention programs with a focus on youth in the Lake Macquarie LGA
  • Gambling education and awareness for families and youth
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Hunter New England

$50,934 per annum for two years with an evaluation in 2025

LIA: Great Northern Hotel

Project objectives

  • Financial counselling and community legal service in the Balranald community
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Far & Western NSW

$84,764 per annum for 3 years with review in 2025

LIA: Euston Bowling Club

Project objectives

  • The Cottage emergency relief program 
  • Targeted early intervention youth holiday program
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Hunter New England

$138,595  per annum for 2 years with review in 2025

LIA: Argenton Hotel, Great Northern Hotel & Rafferty's by the Lake

Project objectives

  • Crisis support and case management for victims of domestic violence through the Newcastle Domestic Violence Resource Centre (NDVRC)
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Hunter New England

$126,926  per annum for 2 years with review in 2025

LIA: Albion Hotel, Fire Station Tavern, Lemon Grove Hotel & Seven Seas Hotel

Project objectives

  • Family education and parenting skills programs
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Blue Mountains & Western Sydney

$79,850  per annum for 2 years with review in 2025

LIA: Clarendon Tavern & North Richmond Hotel

Project objectives

  • Programs targeting education in mental health, gambling, alcohol and other drugs
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Illawarra & Southern NSW 

$57,354 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2025

LIA: Club House Hotel

Project objectives

  • Develop a health service map and strategic plan for health services in the Balranald community and surrounds 
  • Mental health first aid training for community members
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Far & Western NSW

$84,764 per annum for 3 years with review in 2026

LIA: Euston Bowling Club

Project objectives

  • Support for youth mental health in the Port Macquarie and Hastings community, with a focus on Lake Cathie, Beechwood and Laurieton communities
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral to GambleAware Mid & Northern NSW therapeutic and financial gambling counselling services

$77,368.41 per annum for 2 years with review in 2025

LIA: Lake Cathie Tavern, Beechwood Hotel & Laurieton Hotel

Project objectives

  • Youth early intervention programs
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Hunter New England

$64,548 per annum for 2 years with review in 2024

LIA: White Bull Hotel

Project objectives

  • Family One Stop Shop program and parent training programs 
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Central Sydney

$101,211 per annum for 2 years with review in 2025

LIA: Hurlstone Park Hotel

Project objectives

  • Domestic and family violence support services in Leeton, Bland Shire/West Wyalong and surrounding areas
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Murrumbidgee 

$122,674.83 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2024

LIA: Leeton Hotel & White Tank Hotel

Project objectives

  • Mental health education and engagement programs for young men, focusing on the Dubbo community
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Far & Western NSW 

$20,862 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2024

LIA: Macquarie Club

Project objectives

  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Bathurst Uniting Support Services Program
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Far & Western NSW

$33,723 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2024

LIA: The Oxford Bathurst

Project objectives

  • Case management for women impacted by domestic violence, including where gambling and financial abuse has been a factor
  • Supporting new and existing clients to access and use the gambling self assessment tool
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross referral to complementary support services and GambleAware Blue Mountains & Western Sydney

$109,475 per annum for 3 years with a review in 2027

LIA: Bligh Park Tavern and Windsor Country Club

Project objectives

  • Primary health services and counselling in the Balranald community
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Far & Western NSW

$84,764 per annum for 3 years with review in 2025

LIA: Euston Bowling Club

Project objectives

  • Youth engagement programs, focusing on the Dubbo community
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross referral and collaboration with GambleAware Far & Western NSW and complementary youth services

$29,807.09 per annum for 3 years with a review in 2026

LIA: Commercial Hotel and Dubbo Golf Club

Project objectives

  • Community engagement with a particular focus on youth in the Wauchope community
  • Financial counselling and emergency support for disadvantaged people in the Wauchope community
  • Cross-referral to complementary youth services
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Mid & Northern NSW

$39,551 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2024

LIA: Hastings Hotel

Project objectives

  • Case management and support for people affected by domestic and family violence in the Georges River and Bayside areas in consultation with local culturally and linguistically diverse organisations
  • Parenting workshops
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware South Eastern Sydney

$59,614 per annum for 2 years with a review in 2024

LIA: St George Motor Boat Club

Project objectives

  • Support for the Walwaay Project and youth in the Dubbo LGA
  • Gambling education and awareness, through collaboration with GambleAware Far & Western NSW
  • Cross referral to complementary youth services

$29,807.09 per annum for 3 years with a review in 2026

LIA: Commercial Hotel Dubbo & Dubbo Golf Club

Project objectives

  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Support for the Youth Active Rewards Program, focusing on the Sawtell and Toormina communities
  • Cross-referral to complementary youth services, including Coffs Harbour Headspace where possible

$30,475 per annum for 3 years with a review in 2026

LIA: Sawtell Hotel

Project objectives

  • Primary prevention programs, case management and support for domestic violence sufferers
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Central Sydney 

1st year – $91,427
2nd year – $137,140
3rd - 5th year - $159,806 per annum

Funding for 5 years with a review in 2026

LIA: Hurlstone Park Hotel

Program focus to include one or more

  • Primary prevention programs and community education on domestic violence
  • Youth engagement programs and early intervention
  • Community outreach to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Hunter New England

$44,835 per annum for 5 years with a review in 2026

LIA: Belmont Hotel

Project objectives

  • Case management support, focusing on education and employment for youth in the Dee Why area
  • Workshops for youth in the Dee Why area to develop wellbeing and life skills
  • Gambling education and awareness workshops for youth, parents & carers, focused on prevention & intervention strategies
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Northern Sydney & Central Coast

$40,000 per annum for 3 years with a review in 2026

LIA: Dee Why RSL

Project objectives

  • CHAIN (Community Health for Adolescents In Need) program supporting youth in the Wollongong community
  • Support for homeless people, including case management and crisis response
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Illawarra & Southern NSW 

$78,375 per annum for 5 years with a review in 2026

LIA: Dicey Riley’s

Project objectives

  • “Locked Out” program, supporting Muslim communities impacted by incarceration
  • Support and case management for individuals and families impacted by the criminal justice system, with a focus on the Hurlstone Park area
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Central Sydney

1st year – $91,426
2nd year – $137,140
3rd - 5th year - $159,806 per annum

Funding for 5 years with a review in 2026

LIA: Hurlstone Park Hotel

Project objectives

  • Parenting and youth engagement and early intervention programs targeting early school leavers aged 11–14 with a focus on the Hurlstone Park area
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Central Sydney

1st year – $91,427
2nd year – $137,140
3rd - 5th year - $159,806 per annum

Funding for 5 years with a review in 2026

LIA: Hurlstone Park Hotel

Project objectives

  • Programs supporting social wellbeing and people experiencing homelessness
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Illawarra & Southern NSW

$37,458 per annum for 5 years with a review (date to be confirmed)

LIA: Queanbeyan Bowling Club

Project objectives

  • Cross-referral with local expert services, e.g. local Aboriginal and CALD organisations
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Blue Mountains & Western Sydney

1st year – $87,680
2nd year – $131,519

Funding for 2 years with a review (date to be confirmed)

LIA: The Marsden Brewhouse

Project objectives

  • Supporting and promoting the Men's Behaviour Change Program (MBCP) within the Newcastle LGA
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Hunter New England
     

$87,546 per annum for 5 years with a review in 2026

LIA: Sydney Junction Hotel

Project objectives

  • Case management and advocacy support for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women experiencing domestic violence and/or homelessness
  • Community outreach focusing on men
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware South Western Sydney

$61,380 per annum for 3 years with an evaluation in 2026

LIA: Ruse Tavern

Project objectives

  • Domestic violence advocacy and family support
  • Gambling education and awareness 
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Central Sydney 

$49,407 per annum for 5 years with a review in 2025

LIA: Bath Arms Hotel

Project objectives

  • Support services (including counselling support) to female victims of domestic violence
  • Cross-referral with local expert services, e.g., local Aboriginal and CALD organisations
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Blue Mountains & Western Sydney

1st year – $87,680
2nd year – $131,519
3rd year – $175,359
4th year – $219,199
5th year – $263,039

Funding for 5 years with a review in 2026

LIA: The Marsden Brewhouse

Project objectives

  • Client centered activities within Blacktown LGA
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Blue Mountains & Western Sydney

1st year – $87,680
2nd year – $131,519
3rd year - $175,359
4th – 6th year – $160,746

Funding for 6 years with a review in 2026

LIA: The Marsden Brewhouse

Project objectives

  • CALD and Aboriginal outreach and support
  • Case management, support, advocacy and counselling for victims of domestic violence and their families
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Mid & Northern NSW

$70,304 per annum for 2 years (funding complete)

LIA: Seaview Tavern & Park Beach Hotel

Project objectives

  • Support for youth and CALD communities
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware South Western Sydney 

1st – 4th year – $61,380 per annum
5th year – $132,612

Funding for 5 years with a review in 2024

LIAs: Ruse Tavern & Ingleburn Hotel

Project objectives

  • Inform gambling choices and responsible gambling behaviour in the Vietnamese and Nepalese communities in Marrickville
  • Raise awareness of problem gambling and gambling related harm
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Central Sydney 

$65,000 per annum for 5 years with a review in 2026

LIA: The Crown and Emperor Hotel

Project objectives

  • Support for vulnerable people to attend health services especially gambling harm minimisation, health, and social related services, including community transport and short-term ad hoc childcare
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Blue Mountains & Western Sydney

$71,826 per annum for 5 years with a review in 2025

LIA: Kingswood Hotel

Project objectives

  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Case management and cross-referral to complementary services
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Central Sydney

$70,000 per annum for 2 years (funding complete)

LIA: The Crown and Emperor Hotel

Project objectives

  • Delivery of projects, programs or services within the Camden community with outcomes targeting gambling harm minimisation, including prevention and awareness, and health and social related services
  • Service is to be operated in partnership with Camden Council for the benefit of the community within the Camden LGA
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware South Western Sydney 

$31,338 per annum for 2 years (funding complete)

LIA: Lakeside Golf Club

Project objectives

  • Case management and cross-referral to complementary services
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Central Sydney 

$65,000 per annum for 5 years with a review in 2025

LIA: The Crown and Emperor Hotel

Project objectives

  • Programs to support the centre as an alternative venue for youth to access
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Central Sydney 

$45,000 per annum for 5 years with a review in 2025

LIA: The Crown and Emperor Hotel

Project objectives

  • Alternative venue located within the Addison Road complex for CALD community members to access, cross-referral to CALD gambling help services
  • Partner with services to reach Vietnamese, Portuguese and Nepalese communities
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Central Sydney 

$35,000 per annum for 5 years with a review in 2025

LIA: The Crown and Emperor Hotel

Project objectives

  • Social Worker/counsellor at the Robinvale District Local Health Service
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Far & Western NSW

$254,293 per annum for 2 years (funding complete)

LIA: Euston Bowling & Recreation Club

Project objectives

  • Case management and cross-referral to complementary services
  • Gambling education and awareness
  • Cross-referral and collaboration with GambleAware Central Sydney

$75,000 per annum for 5 years with a review in 2025

LIA: The Crown and Emperor Hotel

Interested in funding or a grant for a project of your own? 

Contact us to find out about current funding opportunities. Email info@responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au or call 02 9995 0992.

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