Legislation and regulation
The key pieces of legislation that govern how gambling is conducted in Victoria are:
Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Act 2011
The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Act 2011 provides for the creation of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.
Victorian Commission for Gambling and Regulation Act 2011
The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation Act 2011 provides for the creation of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) to regulate the gambling and liquor industries in Victoria.
Gambling Regulation Act 2003
The Gambling Regulation Act 2003 governs the conduct of gambling activities in Victoria, other than the casino. The objective of the Act is to foster responsible gambling in order to:
(i) minimise harm caused by problem gambling, and
(ii) accommodate those who gamble without harming themselves or others.
Interactive Gambling Act 2001
Online gambling is regulated by the Australian government under the Interactive Gambling Act 2001. This Act is regulated by the Department of Communications and the Arts, and prohibits online gambling, with the exception of Australian licensed companies providing race and sports betting services, and supplying lottery tickets.
Casino (Management Agreement) Act 1993
The Casino (Management Agreement) Act 1993 details the agreement entered into between the State of Victoria and Crown Melbourne, in particular the intended management of the casino.
Casino Control Act 1991
The Casino Control Act 1991 governs the conduct of gambling activities at casinos in Victoria. To date, Crown Melbourne is the only casino operator approved in Victoria.
Gambling Regulations 2015
The Gambling Regulations 2015 prescribe detailed regulations on the operation of different forms of gambling, including gaming machines, wagering and betting, trade promotion lotteries, raffles and bingo.
Casino Control (Fees) Regulations 2015
The Casino Control (Fees) Regulations 2015 prescribe the fees to accompany various applications, including an application for a casino special employee licence.
Other regulatory elements – gaming venues
There are also Ministerial directions, guidelines and orders from the Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation that venues must comply with. Included in these are ministerial directions for the creation of responsible gambling codes of conduct and self-exclusion programs.
As part of its powers provided under the Gambling Regulation Act 2003, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation has approved VCGLR directions and guidelines that commercial licensees, equipment manufacturers and their associates and nominees must follow.
A list of approved Responsible Gambling Codes of Conduct is available from VCGLR.
In addition, there are specific technical standards the VCGLR has provided to assist in the evaluation of gaming equipment for operation in Victoria.