Gaming Technologies Association


    The Gaming Technologies Association is a not-for-profit industry association, established in 1990 as a company limited by guarantee for the purpose of promoting the development of the manufacturing resources of Australia.Our members provide technology and equipment to hospitality venues in over 300 jurisdictions around the world.GTA’s members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, eBet Limited, IGT (Australia), Konami Australia and Scientific Games.Associate members include Atlas Gaming, Independent Gaming, Maxgaming,Paltronics Australasia and Utopia Gaming Systems.Affiliate members include JCM Global and The Bright Group.GTA hosts and operates the Australasian Gaming Expo


    Ross Ferrar

    Ross Ferrar has worked in the Gaming Industry since 1979, in several jurisdictions in Australia and Europe. He has held senior management positions in casino table gaming, networked keno gaming and machine monitoring and networked jackpot operations; along with a number of industry representative roles. Ross is the CEO of the Gaming Technologies Association, whose members provide products and services to hospitality venues around the world. He routinely liaises both domestically and internationally with many segments of the gaming community including Casinos, Clubs, Hotels, Suppliers, Media, Social Commentators, Politicians and Regulators. Ross has a very clear vision of the future of Gaming in Australia and in the Asia-Pacific region.

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    The ICC Sydney has received advice from the NSW Department of Health that it can proceed with hosting exhibitions, subject to one person per four square meters of space and no capacity limit. The organizers of the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE), which earlier this year had no option but to reschedule the 31st AGE, will be able to return for its next event scheduled for August 10-13, 2021.

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    AGE visitors up 3 percent, seminars standing-room only

    The Australasian Gaming Expo has attracted 3,100 visitors, with registrations up 3 percent from 2018 and arrivals on day one also gaining 3 percent. 

    GTA CEO Ross Ferrar retires after 17 years

    The Gaming Technologies Association (GTA) today announced the appointment of Chris Muir as CEO following the retirement of its long-serving Chief Executive, Ross Ferrar. GTA chairman Adrian Halpenny said: “I would like to thank Ross for his service to the GTA for the past 17 years. He has been a keen and steadfast advocate for […]

    Technology and innovation the focus at Australasian Gaming Expo 2018

    In Australia, gambling expenditure has increased from $22.7 billion in 2014–2015 to $23.6 billion in 2015–2016 (up 3.9 per cent). The Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE), from 14-16 August 2018, is an annual event run by the Gaming Technologies Association, focusing on fostering a sustainable and prosperous industry. AGE is the largest event of its kind […]

    AGE expects “biggest and best” year with new program additions

    The Australasian Gaming Expo expects 2018 to be the “biggest and best” year yet in its 29 year history, with several new upgrades to its program.

    AGE partners with Asia Gaming Brief to expand seminar

    The Australasian Gaming Expo Organizers (GTA) are excited to announce a partnership with Asian Gaming Brief (AGB), to assist in the organization of its expanded seminar program. AGB has been appointed to this role because of their specialist experience with organizing the highly successful conference – ASEAN Gaming Summit, held in Manila each year in […]

    GTA calls on SA-Best to withdraw pokies claims

    Australia’s Gaming Technologies Association called on anti-gambling crusader Nick Xenophon’s SA-Best party to withdraw its gaming policy due to two claims that were recently dismissed by a Federal Court. Xenophon pledged to  “Making [poker] machines ‘con-free’ by removing misleading and deceptive features such as near misses and ‘losses disguised as wins’.” On 2 February 2018 […]

    GTA welcomes judgment in poker machine case

    The Gaming Technologies Association (GTA) said they “welcomed” the results of the federal court case which accused Aristocrat and Crown of misleading gamblers with deceptive slot machines.  Last Friday, the court case against the casino operator and gaming supplier was dismissed on grounds of lack of specific evidence. Shonica Guy, a former gambling addict had […]

    Tasmania pokie assault to cost jobs: GTA

    The Tasmanian Labor Party’s threat to pull pokie machines from bars and clubs will result in a loss of jobs and a $31 million hole in the state budget, according to The Gaming Technologies Association. “This policy is a disaster for the 3,000 Tasmanians who rely on jobs in the hospitality sector,” GTA Chief Executive […]

    AGE 2017 an outstanding success

    The Australasian Gaming Expo’s return to where it started 28 years ago at Darling Harbour, has been an outstanding success. “The return of this event to Darling Harbour and the halls of the new exhibition centre created the most successful event in the history of the AGE” said Ross Ferrar, CEO of the Gaming Technologies […]

    AGE 2017 shatters records on its first day

    Over 3,000 key industry executives from the Gaming and Hospitality Industry gathered for the first day of the 28th Australasian Gaming Expo at the ICC Sydney at Darling Harbour. This year’s Expo saw 26 percent more exhibitors than last year, while the first day’s visitor attendance represents an 22 percent increase over the previous year’s […]

    Australasian Gaming Expo to wow visitors

    The Gaming Technologies Association, owner and operator of the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) advised today that the event build starts this week. Scheduled for 15-17 August 2017 at the ICC Sydney at Darling Harbour, AGE 2017 is already the largest and most anticipated in the event’s 28 year history. “This week we start building the […]

    AGE sells out exhibitor space

    Australia’s Gaming Technologies Association, owner and operator of the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) announced today that the event is a sell-out. Scheduled for August 15-17, 2017 at the new ICC Sydney at Darling Harbour, AGE 2017 has already shattered records for the most exhibition stands at 248, largest exhibition stand space and highest number of visitor […]

    AGE 2017 registrations are up 20 pct on 2016

    It’s now less than a month to go to the Australasian Gaming Expo, which is set to open at the new ICC Sydney in Darling Harbour on August 15 to 17, 2017. In addition to the fact that online visitor registrations are also up by 20 percent in comparison to the same period for 2016, the […]

    AGE to provide a great visitor experience

    The Australasian Gaming Expo is set to open at the new ICC Sydney in Darling Harbour on Tuesday August 15 to Thursday August 17, 2017. This exciting event, with 250 major suppliers exhibiting over 19,000 square metres, will provide visitors with insights of new and emerging products and technologies which they just can’t get anywhere else. Plenty of […]

    GTA CEO elected to events association board

    The CEO of the Gaming Technologies Association, Ross Ferrar, has been elected to the board of directors of the Exhibition and Events Association of Australasia (EEAA) on June 7, 2017. GTA chairman, Adrian Halpenny, said the appointment recognizes GTA’s Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE). “Since 1990, the AGE has provided an annual cornerstone of the region’s […]

    AGE to feature complimentary seminars

    In 2017 the Australasian Gaming Expo opens at its permanent home, the new ICC Sydney in Darling Harbour. “We’re excited about the new location and by the fact that AGE is the world’s third largest gaming industry trade show. Requiring 19,000 square metres of floor space, it is one of the largest trade events in Australia and easily […]

    Exhibitors get a taste of the new ICC Sydney

    A group of 120 inquisitive exhibitors took over the new International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour in Sydney on Thursday. Comprising both large and small exhibitors, with their exhibition contractors and their staff, along with the AGE coordinating team, it was a chance to get a first hand glimpse of what is truly a world […]

    Gold, Gold, Gold!

    AGE 2016 concluded on Thursday Aug. 11 and, with 6,813 visitors attending over the three days, it has established a new record for attendance since the show first started 27 years ago. The organizers, Gaming Technologies Association (GTA), believes that the success of the show reflects that the Hospitality and Gaming Industry in Australia is […]

    AGE 2016 gets underway

    Over 2,500 key industry executives from the Gaming and Hospitality industry gathered for the first day of the 27th Australasian Gaming Expo at the Sydney Convention Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island. By far the biggest industry gathering in the Australasian Region, organisers see it as yet another sign of a buoyant Hospitality environment. What they […]

    AGE celebrates 27th anniversary in 2016

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    $1 maximum bets won’t curb gambling issues: GTA

    The Gaming Technologies Association (GTA) has hit back at claims regarding the design of poker machines operating in the Australian market. “A number of statements have been made in recent days which represent a clear challenge to the integrity of our industry and which are quite simply incorrect. “The gaming industry, community and government have […]

    AGE to host 25 percent more exhibitors in 2016

    The Australasian Gaming Expo has increased in size, with 25 percent more exhibitors lined up for 2016. “2015 was a sell out year so we’ve increased capacity for 2016 to keep up with exhibitor demand”, said Ross Ferrar, CEO of the Gaming Technologies Association, “Our long term exhibitors wanted to showcase more products which required […]

    Registration for AGE 2016 through Facebook

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    Problem Gambling

    Mounting losses fan anti-gambling flames

    Gambling Statistics Australia has just published its annual report showing Australians lost $23 billion (US$17.5 billion) in 2015 on gambling, up 8 percent from the previous year, with more than half of that bet on pokies. A smaller amount of $815 million was lost to sports betting, but that was a spike of 30 percent from the prior year.The data comes against rising anti-gambling sentiment in the country. But just how big is problem gambling in Australia and should the industry do more to help combat the issue.