Self-barring is when a patron of a gaming venue has identified their gambling behaviour is causing them or their dependents serious risk of harm. In response to this, the individual with the problem can seek to be barred or excluded from a venue where they can gamble.
If an individual wants to self-bar, he or she should approach venue staff who must respond immediately by taking steps to implement the barring process. Individuals can also begin this process by contacting a venue by telephone.
An individual who wishes to be barred can, in consultation with staff, choose to be excluded from different parts of the venue (e.g. gaming room only or the entire venue).
The length of the barring period can, at the discretion of the gaming licensee, be for a fixed period or can be indefinite.
If a person attempts to enter a venue or section of a venue from which they have been barred, they are in breach of the barring order and therefore are committing an offence and will be asked to leave the venue. The maximum penalty for entering a barred area is $2500.
Individuals who wish to be barred from a large number of gaming venues should contact the Independent Gambling Authority (IGA).