22 June 2015
On 11 February 2015, the Premier and Treasurer announced a whole-of-state review of the South Australian tax regime. Part of this review included the release of a detailed discussion paper looking at ways to overhaul SA's tax system.
This document proposed the raising of Club gaming machine tax rate to match that of hotels. This was despite Clubs being not for profit organisation where all profits are returned to the grassroots Community. The raising of gaming tax rates would have been devastating to Clubs and the wider Community in South Australia, whether gaming or non-gaming.
Clubs SA was pleased to represent the licensed gaming Clubs throughout South Australia and in turn give a voice to all Clubs by presenting a joint submission to the Government in April. This ensured that the Government fully understood the affect the additional tax would have on Clubs and the wider Community.
The strength of our not for profit Clubs and the value of working collaboratively to achieve a common goal was clearly highlighted as the concessional rate of gaming machine tax for Clubs remained unchanged. This was a great win for all Clubs, particularly gaming Clubs.
Clubs SA was pleased to provide this advocacy role on behalf of the Club industry across South Australia and looks forward to assisting Clubs in a similar role in the future.
Clubs SA is calling for applications from young men and women aged 17-25 years of age to participate in this year’s Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge to trek the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea from 24 September – 5 October 2016.