The new Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCC) will replace the Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation to oversee all gambling and gaming activities in the state.
Melissa Horne, Victoria’s minister for consumer affairs, gaming and liquor regulation, issued a statement on Tuesday to announce that the government was taking action to strengthen casino oversight.
“Unethical practices in the gambling industry won’t be tolerated – the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission will provide robust regulation of the Melbourne casino and wider gambling activity across the state,” Horne said.
Regulatory and public policy reform expert Deborah Cope was chosen to conduct an independent review into Victoria’s casino regulation, simultaneous to the recent royal commission into the suitability of Crown Melbourne Limited to hold a casino licence.
The structure and governance of the new VGCC has been developed with the guidance of Cope’s independent review, and will have greater oversight monitoring gambling harm minimisation measures in the casino and gambling sectors than the existing regulator.
The VGCC will not regulate liquor licencing and this responsibility will fall to a separate agency. The decision to divest these duties is a return to a pre-2012 model in Victoria saw two stand alone agencies with ‘specific and separate focus’ on liquor and gambling regulation, Horne’s statement said.
Furthermore, the VCGG will have a dedicated division of staff working on casino regulation. The division will employ specialist staff and leaders and share resources with the agency’s broader gambling and and licensing group.
The government is yet to appoint a person to chair the new regulator and until the VGCC is established, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation will continue overseeing the casino industry.
According to the minister, further details of the new regulatory arrangements will be finalised in the coming months.