- Casino gaming now allowed to occur on intrastate cruises
- Gaming can continue within 12 nautical miles from WA coast while ship is transiting
- Changes will make WA more appealing for cruise companies
Cruise passengers can now access the full casino experience off the Western Australian coast under changes to the Gaming and Wagering Commission Regulations 1988.
The amendments, which have officially come into effect, allow gaming floors to be open when cruise ships travel between WA ports.
The former restriction banning gaming while the ship is within 12 nautical miles of the WA coastline has also been amended so that gambling is only prohibited when the vessel is within 12 nautical miles of the port where it intends to berth or anchor.
In the past, gaming restraints have been a drawback for the industry and the McGowan Government says the changes will make cruising more appealing to both providers and passengers.
A new provision has been added which specifies that gaming must be an ancillary service, meaning cruises 'to nowhere' will remain banned.
The McGowan Government is committed to growing the cruise industry by addressing both regulation and infrastructure issues.
Comments attributed to Tourism and Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia:
"Cruise shipping is a vital part of WA's tourism industry, bringing in millions of dollars to the State's economy annually and creating jobs.
"The McGowan Government has lifted gaming restrictions, committed to upgrading Fremantle and Geraldton ports and is currently working to resolve other infrastructure issues."
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