South Australia passes gambling regulation reforms

The South Australia government has welcomed passage of legislation to progress important reforms to the way the gambling sector in the state is regulated.

The measure was included in Treasurer Rob Lucas’ 2018/19 State Budget earlier this month, and were informed by the conclusions of retired Supreme Court Judge Tim Anderson QC in his Administrative Review of Gambling Regulation in South Australia, which was tabled in parliament on September 4th.

Under the reforms, the government will dissolve the Independent Gambling Authority (IGA) on December 1st, with all regulatory and policy activity to be undertaken by the state’s Consumer and Business Services (CBS).

South Australia Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said staff at both the IGA and CBS will work together to ensure a seamless transition to the new system on December 1st.

“This is about providing the best regulatory environment for both the sector and the community,” said Chapman. “The review of gambling regulation by former Supreme Court Judge Tim Anderson has highlighted the need for reform, and we intend to deliver.

“This report was kept secret by the former Labor Government, with them refusing to make any changes to gambling regulation in SA, fearful of electoral backlash. Within months of becoming Attorney-General I ensured the public release of this report and have begun actioning key conclusions of Mr Anderson.

“These changes will eliminate any doubling up of regulatory and policy functions, and ensure there can be an effective, coordinated response to issues as they arise,” she said.

Chapman said CBS will continue to update licence holders on how the transition will affect them prior to next month’s changeover.

“Ultimately, both licensees and the broader community should experience little-to-no difference in operations on December 1st – beyond Consumer and Business Services now being the main point of contact, and not the IGA,” said Chapman.

“Following the change, the Commissioner will be undertaking a broader review of all gambling regulation in SA and other aspects raised in Mr Anderson’s report, including online gambling.”

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