All slot machines made after 2013 must be able to support pre-commitment by December 31, 2016, and link up to a state-linked pre-commitment system, limiting the spend to a maximum of A$240 a day. By 2016 the government wants to see cost-of-play displays on slots, electronic warnings and extra problem gambling advisers.
Around 18 per cent of the Queensland’s 44,000 poker machines, equating to 7,800 slots, already have voluntary pre-commitment technology. South Australia Senator Nick Xenophon has said: “Voluntary pre-commitment is about as effective as voluntary speed limits and voluntary drink driving laws. It doesn’t work and those who need it the most won’t do it. So this is a case of more window dressing, more smoke and mirrors, surrounding the real issue.”