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Hogans Hotel, Poker Machine Application

Hogans Hotel, Poker Machine Application

In 2019, Hogans Hotel in Wallan applied to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) for an additional 20 poker machines, on top of their existing 45.

The Commission oversees the conduct of gambling in Victoria. It is the independent statutory authority that approves and regulates poker machine licenses.

In May 2019, the commission approved the additional 20 poker machines at Hogans Hotel, Wallan. To view the VCGLR decision in full, head to the EGM Increase - Hogans Hotel Pty Ltd section of the VCGLR Gaming decision 2019 page.

Mitchell Shire Council is concerned about gambling harm in the community both existing and emerging.

Mitchell Shire Council has appealed the decision made by the Commission for the approval of the additional 20 poker machines at the Hotel to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

VCAT Hearing

The VCAT hearing is scheduled to be held from 12 to 22 October.

Poker Machine Gambling In Mitchell Shire Council

  • The average loss per adult in 2018/2019 in Mitchell Shire is $552. This is higher than the Victorian average
  • In 2018/2019, more than $18.94 million - or $51,900 per day - was lost on poker machines in Mitchell Shire

Gambling harm is more common than we think. Almost one in five Victorians who gamble may be experiencing harm from gambling.

Harm from gambling isn't just about losing money.

Gambling harm can affect self-esteem, relationships , physical and mental health, work or study performance, financial problems and social life.

It can harm not only the individual, but also family, friends, workplaces and communities.

  • Mitchell Shire has 204 poker machines operating across four venues
  • The maximum number of machines allowed in Mitchell Shire is 299. This is set by the Victorian State Government.

Electronic Gaming Machine Policy

The Mitchell Shire Electronic Gaming Machine Policy (revised 2016) adopts a public health approach to responding to and mitigating gambling harm of poker machines for individuals, families and communities.

This approach is consistent with Council’s regulatory responsibilities under the Local Government Act 1989 and the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR)

In Victoria, regulation of the gambling industry and activities is the responsibility of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).

The Gambling Regulation Act 2003 is a key piece of legislation designed to govern the conduct and licensing of gaming. Another important piece of legislation is the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Visit the VCGLR website for further information.

Alliance For Gambling Reform

Mitchell Shire Council is a supporter of the National Alliance for Gambling Reform, a group of organisations that work together to prevent the harmful impacts of gambling.

Reducing gambling harm is one of Council's advocacy priorities identity, in partnership with our community, a range of providers and industry representatives.

Visit the Alliance for Gambling Reform website for more information.

Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation is a statutory authority created by the Victorian Parliament to address the challenge of gambling harm in the Victorian community.

The Foundation provides useful statistics and research about gambling harm, information on support services and awareness programs.

Visit the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation website for more details.


If you or someone you know is experiencing harm from gambling, free confidential advice information, advice and support is available 24/7.

There are many ways to get assistance – choose the support that suits you.

This page was last updated on 21 September 2020.