More Details About the Future of Gambling and Liquor Regulation Announced

December 21, 2021 | Government

MELBOURNE, Vic., Australia (December 16, 2021) — The Victorian Government has announced further details of the upcoming changes to gambling and liquor regulation in Victoria.

Fran Thorn, former Secretary of the Department of Health, has been appointed as the inaugural Chair of the new Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCCC) for a three-year term from 1 January 2022.

The VGCCC will have oversight of all gambling activities, with a dedicated casino division. It will also have greater oversight of measures to reduce gambling harm.

The government also announced that liquor regulation will be transferred to the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) later next year.

Legislation creating the VGCCC passed the State Parliament this month and legislation regarding the new arrangements for liquor regulation will be introduced next year.

The VGCCC will continue to regulate both gambling and liquor from January 1, 2022 until liquor regulation is transferred to the DJCS. Regulated entities in both industries should continue to contact the VGCCC from 1 January as they did with the VCGLR.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Scott May said the organisation was committed to making the transition as smooth as possible for staff and industry, without disruption to regulatory activity.

He looked forward to welcoming Ms Thorn as the VGCCC’s Chair given her extensive skills and experience and key role in establishing the new regulator.

He thanked outgoing Chair Ross Kennedy for his service, and said his expertise, experience and good humour would be missed.

Mr Kennedy joined the VCGLR in 2013 as Deputy Chair and was appointed Chair in 2018, leading a range of reforms, strategic initiatives and key VCGLR disciplinary and other decisions.

Mr May said Mr Kennedy has had a distinguished career in the Victorian Public Service spanning 50 years. He thanked him for his service and contribution to the VCGLR and wished him the very best for the future.

SOURCE: Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission.

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