Diversification and Sustainability Support Fund

18 December 2019

The Diversification and Sustainability Support Fund (the Fund) was set up in 2019 to provide funding for activities and initiatives that seek to achieve the following purposes:

(a)    assisting clubs to diversify their income to sources other than gaming machines;

(b)   supporting the sustainability of clubs;

(c)    contributing to projects that help reduce regulatory costs or improve efficiency in administration and compliance for clubs; and

(d)   training and skills development for club workers, executives and members of club management committees and boards.

Applications will be considered by the Diversification and Sustainability Support Fund Advisory Board (the Advisory Board), who will make recommendations to the Attorney-General on payments out of the Fund.

Applicants

Applications will be accepted from entities that can demonstrate that the funding sought will be applied towards meeting one or more of the Fund purposes (see above).

For example, applications may be accepted from:

  • ACT clubs and club groups who operate gaming machines under a Class C licence;
  • ACT club industry peak body representatives or representative groups;
  • trade unions representing ACT club workers;
  • Australian state and territory Government organisations; and
  • club workers, executives and members of club management committees and boards.

Who is not eligible to apply?

Applications will not be accepted from:

  • individual club venues within a club group (as defined under the Gaming Machine Act 2004); and
  • ACT clubs and club groups who have not operated gaming machines under a Class C licence within five (5) years of the date on which they submit their application.

Applications for Funding

Applications can be made under two separate categories:

Tier 1 – Funding up to $25,000

Tier 1 is open to small or medium clubs and small or medium club groups only.

Tier 1 is open all year. Applications made under Tier 1 will be considered on an ongoing basis.

Tier 1 applications must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. the applicant must be a small or medium club or a small or medium club group; and
  2. the application must be consistent with the Fund purposes (see above); and
  3. the application must represent value for money.

When considering applications that meet these criteria, the Advisory Board may take into account whether the applicant has previously received payment(s) from the Fund within the same financial year.

Tier 2 – Funding up to $250,000

Tier 2 is open to any club or other entity that can demonstrate that the funding sought will be applied towards meeting the Fund purposes. This includes small or medium clubs and small or medium club groups.

Tier 2 will open at least once each year. Applications must be received by the stated due date and time (see below).

Tier 2 applications must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. the application must be consistent with the Fund purposes (see above); and
  2. the application must represent value for money; and
  3. the applicant must have capacity to deliver their proposal; and
  4. the applicant must have an effective implementation plan for their proposal.

When considering applications that meet these criteria, the Advisory Board may take into account whether the applicant has previously received payment(s) from the Fund within the same financial year.

When considering multiple applications, the Advisory Board may also assess applications against the following additional criteria:

  • whether the application will benefit a small or medium club/club group;
  • number of Fund purposes satisfied by the application;
  • relative value for money compared to other applications; and
  • positive impacts of the proposal, weighed against its costs and negative impacts

Applications for funding exceeding $250,000 may be considered under exceptional circumstances. When considering an application for funding exceeding $250,000, the Advisory Board may have regard to:

  • whether the activity/initiative will benefit the ACT clubs industry as a whole, rather than the applicant only;
  • the level of available funds at the time of considering the application; and
  • any competing applications.

Activities/initiatives that will not be considered

Applications for any gambling-related activity, such as improvements to gambling areas, gambling equipment or gambling facilities, will not be considered.

How to Apply

Applications must be made using the standard form.

All applicable fields on the standard form must be completed. Tier 1 applicants are notrequired to complete Part Three of the form.

Tier 1 applications may be submitted at any time. Once an application has been submitted, the applicant must wait until they have been notified of the outcome of the application before submitting another application.

Tier 2 applications for the first funding round must be submitted no later than 5:00pm Friday 27 March 2020. The Advisory Board may decline to consider any late applications and/or supporting material. Applications are limited to one application per applicant per funding round.

All applications should be emailed to DSSFSecretariat@act.gov.au or mailed to:

DSSF Secretariat
Justice and Community Safety Directorate
Level 4, 12 Moore Street 
GPO Box 158
CANBERRA  ACT  2601

Further Information

Please refer to the following documents for additional guidance:

Standard application form

Standard Operating Procedure for Applications

Gaming Machine (Applications for Payments Out of Diversification and Sustainability Support Fund) Guidelines 2019

 

Questions about the application process may be directed to the DSSF Secretariat on telephone 02 6205 2243 or by email to DSSFSecretariat@act.gov.au