New Independent Chair of Gaming and Wagering Commission

February 23, 2023 | Responsible gaming
  • Dr. Michael Schaper is the new Chair of WA’s Gaming and Wagering Commission
  • Independent appointment in response to Perth Casino Royal Commission finding
  • Minister welcomes Dr. Schaper to important State gambling regulator position

Western Australia (February 22, 2023) — Racing and Gaming Minister Reece Whitby has appointed a new independent Chair to Western Australia’s Gaming and Wagering Commission in response to the findings of the Perth Casino Royal Commission.

Dr. Michael Schaper will take on the role for three years, as the State Government takes steps to toughen the regulatory framework governing WA’s casino.

Dr. Schaper is an experienced board chair, company director, and economic policy and development consultant. He is a national board member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is Chair of the Australian Taxation Office’s Shadow Economy Advisory Forum.

His previous appointments include Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Small Business Commissioner for the Australian Capital Territory as well as being involved in several peak industry and professional associations.

The independent Chair replaces the Director General of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Lanie Chopping, who was serving in both roles.

Perth Casino Royal Commissioner and former Auditor General Colin Murphy and consultant Director Katie Hodson-Thomas have been reappointed to the Board until June 2025.

For more information on the Gaming and Wagering Commission, visit

Comments attributed to Racing and Gaming Minister Reece Whitby:

“I’m pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Schaper and his expertise in what is an important step forward following the Perth Casino Royal Commission.

“His extensive regulatory experience and high-profile roles across the business, Government, and academic sectors instill confidence in the way forward for gambling regulation in WA.

“It’s great to announce the reappointment of Colin Murphy and Katie Hodson-Thomas who are both strong assets. I would also like to thank and acknowledge the hard work of outgoing Chair Lanie Chopping, who has led significant reform during her time in the role.”

Minister’s office – 6552 6300.

Tags: ,