Review looks to future of gambling

Following on from a major overhaul of gambling-related barring orders last week, the State Government has begun seeking views from industry and the non-Government sector on the future of gambling regulation in South Australia.

Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman said the Government has commenced a review of all of the state’s gambling laws and regulations, to ensure South Australia’s regulatory regime is simple, modern and meets the expectations of industry and the broader community.

“Shifting all gambling regulatory and policy functions to Consumer and Business Services, under the authority of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner, was the first step in delivering a simpler, more effective system,” Ms Chapman said.

“We’ve already seen changes to the system that make it easier for people at risk of gambling-related harm to bar themselves from premises.

“This review will seek to implement more changes that both support the local industry, while protecting those vulnerable South Australians who may need help.”

Ms Chapman said two roundtables held late last week – one with industry and one with the non-government sector – were designed to hear the initial views of key stakeholders ahead of a period of broader public consultation.

“These sessions are designed to hear preliminary views from both industry and the non-government sector about the issues they would like to see covered in this review,” Ms Chapman said.

“Once we have assessed this feedback, we’ll get to work developing draft legislation that will be released for public consultation – giving all South Australians the chance to have their say on this very important topic.”

Attorney-General Chapman said the review would be in conjunction to action currently being taken by the South Australian Government to ensure the state fulfils its obligations relating to national reforms on the management of online wagering.

“These changes, which are due to come into effect progressively over the next 18 months, will be implemented separately to this broader review,” Ms Chapman said.