Victoria to establish new gaming regulator with dedicated casino division

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Melbourne, Australia.

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The Victorian government has announced plans to overhaul the regulation of gambling across the state via the establishment of a dedicated casino and gambling regulator.

The Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCCC), which will take over regulation of gaming from the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR), will have oversight of all gambling activities statewide, including a dedicated casino regulation division focused solely on Melbournes casino.

Notably, the government said, the separation of liquor and gaming will allow the VGCCC to focus solely on regulating casino and gambling operators and minimizing harm.

The decision to overhaul Victorias regulatory model follows revelations aired during the recent Royal Commission into Crown Melbournes suitability to retain its license. They included evidence that the VCGLR had lacked the resources to properly regulate Crown and that Crown had repeatedly failed to adhere to the VCGLRs guidance around anti-money laundering and other compliance issues.

According to details released Tuesday, the new regulator will have greater oversight in monitoring gambling harm minimization measures in the casino and gambling sectors.

In particular, the casino division will house specialist leadership and staff as well as access to shared resources, and gambling and licensing expertise from the broader regulator.

More details will be made public following release of the Royal Commissions findings in October, with the VCGLR to continue its normal operations in the meantime.

We said wed take action to strengthen casino oversight and thats what were doing with the establishment of a new gambling and casino regulator, said Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Melissa Horne.

Unethical practices in the gambling industry wont be tolerated the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission will provide robust regulation of the Melbourne casino and wider gambling activity across the state.

In a statement of its own shortly after details of the regulatory overhaul were released, the VCGLR said it remains committed to continuing to support both the Royal Commission into the Casino Operator and License as well as any processes required during any transition period to contribute to the successful establishment of the VGCCC.

We will continue to deliver high quality regulation of the gaming and liquor industries without disruption to regulatory activity as the new regulator is established.