South Australia’s newly-established Gambling Advisory Council has met for the first time, as part of moves to ensure the state’s gambling laws remain contemporary and relevant.
The group, comprised of representative of government, the gambling sector and non-government community and welfare organisations, has hit the ground running, with a number of important issues referred for consideration.
This includes requirements around signage in venues and gaming areas, outdoor advertising, and measures to minimise minors’ exposure to gambling.
“It is important that gambling laws find the right balance between helping the hospitality and gaming sector thrive while continuing to promoting and support socially responsible gambling,” Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said.
The group will be chaired by retired Supreme Court Judge Tim Anderson QC who has in depth knowledge of the sector, having completed a review of South Australia’s gambling regulations in 2016.
“The hospitality and gambling industries are an important part of our lifestyle and economy,” Attorney-General Chapman said.
“But at the same time, there are those in the community who may be experiencing, or be at risk of experiencing, gambling related harm.
“The goal here is to receive well-informed expert advice that can help shape gambling policy in our State that is reflective of diverse, and often competing, stakeholder interests.”
Commissioner for Liquor and Gambling Dini Soulio said the Council’s feedback will be integral to any policy decisions made in relation to gambling.
“A number of matters arising out of the Commissioner’s reviews of the Gambling Codes of Practice have been referred on to the Council for consideration,” Commissioner Soulio said.
“These matters will now be dissected and analysed by the Council, before a formal recommendation is made,” he said.
Mr Anderson said the membership of the Council would ensure that different viewpoints are considered in the development of recommendations.
“We have a diverse range of views represented in this group, and the Council membership has been designed that way to ensure we consider each and every issue in the most thorough and comprehensive manner possible,” he said.
“The members may not always see eye to eye, but both Government and the community can be assured that we will rigorously assess each and every issue referred to us.”
Members of the Gambling Advisory Council are:
- Tim Anderson (Chair)
- Claire Ralfs, CEO, Relationships Australia SA (Deputy Chair)
- Ian Horne, General Manager, Australian Hotels Association
- Mike Penfold, CEO, Clubs SA
- David Christian, General Manager, SKYCITY Adelaide
- Nick Ashley, Executive Director, Community and Investment Support, Department for Human Services
- Sarah McRae, Director, Centacare
- Thomas Callochor, General Manager Government Affairs, Tabcorp
- Ross Womersley, CEO, SACOSS.