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The Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation came into operation on 1 July 2004 following the proclamation of the Gambling Regulation Act 2003.
The Commission assumed responsibility for the regulation of gambling from the Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority [VA 4149], Director of Gaming and Betting and the Director of Casino Surveillance. These statutory entities ceased to exist as at 30 June 2004 along with Office of Gambling Regulation, the administrative unit within the Department of Justice, which assisted the aforementioned statutory entities.
The new Act also consolidated the Gaming Machine Control Act, Gaming and Betting Act, Public Lotteries Act, Club Keno Act, Interactive Gaming (Player Protection) Act, TT Line Gaming Act, Gaming No.2 Act and the Lotteries Gaming and Betting Act.
Although these Acts were repealed on 30 June 2004 and replaced with the Gambling Regulation Act 2003, all licences, permits and other authorisations in force prior to the change continued. Similarly all the directions issued by the Director of Gaming and Betting and the Director of Casino Surveillance, and the Rules made by the Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority, continued in force.
The Government identified six principles against which its gambling policy was to be assessed. As a consequence, the regulation of gambling by the Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation was be consistent with these principles:
- Developing and reinforcing the Governments commitment to responsible
gambling through measures that assist and protect problem gamblers and those
at risk of becoming problem gamblers, their families and the wider community.
- Developing and maintaining the States commitment to the highest standards of
probity for gambling service providers.
- Accepting gambling is a valid activity for many Victorians who are entitled to
expect ongoing high standards of service, transparency and accountability
from the gambling sector.
- Ensuring that the legitimate financial benefits of gambling (both private and
public) are transparent, appropriately recognisable and fairly distributed to the
- That to the extent possible consistent with the other principles, that gaming
service providers operate in a competitive environment;
- Establishing proper consultative processes to ensure that appropriate information
is given to, and input is received from, the wide variety of persons interested in
gambling including stakeholders, affected parties and, to the wider extent
possible, the broader Victorian community.
The Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation, the Director of Liquor Licensing [VA 4824] and Responsible Alcohol Victoria (RAV) were amalgamated to become the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liqour Regulation [VA 4970].