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The laws that govern how gambling is conducted in Victoria, the licensing and regulation of gambling providers and rules of compliance in Victoria are set out in the following legislation and regulations.
Gambling Regulation Act 2003
The main purpose of the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 is to re-enact and consolidate the law relating to various forms of gambling.
Casino Control Act 1991
The Casino Control Act 1991 provides authority to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) to issue a casino operator's license as well as enter in an agreement for the development of a casino in Victoria.
To date, Crown Melbourne is the single casino operator in Victoria.
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.
Crimes Amendment (Integrity in Sports) Act 2013
The Crimes Amendment (Integrity in Sports) Act 2013 amended the Crimes Act 1958 in Victoria to create offences in relation to match fixing, race fixing and cheating at gambling.
Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation Act 2011
The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation Act 2011 provided for the creation of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) and the transfer of the roles and functions of the Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation, the Director of Liquor Licensing and the Liquor Licensing Panel.
The Act also grants the VCGLR the power to undertake disciplinary actions.
Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Act 2011
The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Act 2011 provided for the creation of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.
The objectives of the foundation under the Act are to reduce the prevalence of problem gambling and the severity of harm related to gambling and to foster responsible gambling.
Gambling Regulations 2015
The Gambling Regulations 2015 provide detailed regulations on the operation of different forms of gambling. This includes gambling machines, wagering and betting, trade promotion lotteries, and community and charitable gaming.
Casino Control (Fees) Regulations 2015
The Casino Control (Fees) Regulations 2015 prescribe the fees to accompany an application for a special employee licence, an application to replace a licence, or an application for the redefinition of the casino boundaries.
There are also Ministerial Directions and Standards from the Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation that venues must comply with. Included in these are ministerial directions for the creation of codes of conduct for the service of responsible gambling.
As part of its powers provided under the Gambling Regulation Act 2003, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) has approved specific directions and guidelines that commercial licensees, equipment manufacturers and their associates and nominees need to follow.
In addition, there are specific technical standards that the VCGLR has provided to assist in the evaluation of gaming equipment for operation in Victoria.