The VCGLR has commenced the sixth review of the casino operator and licence and is now seeking public submissions to consider as part of this review.
Crown Melbourne Ltd holds the only casino licence granted under the Casino Control Act 1991 and operates a casino at Southbank, trading as Crown Melbourne. The licence was originally granted to Crown Ltd on 19 November 1993. The licence expires in 2050.
Section 25 of the Casino Control Act 1991 requires regular investigations of the casino licence and operator at intervals not exceeding five years. In particular, the VCGLR is required to investigate and form an opinion about whether:
The VCGLR will complete the review and report its findings to the Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation by 30 June 2018.
For the Terms of Reference, download Sixth review of the casino operator and licence - Terms of Reference (PDF, 305KB).
The review will be conducted by a VCGLR project team, overseen by the CEO and the Commission.
Relevant updates and material concerning the review will be posted on this website.
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The VCGLR invites interested people and organisations to make a written submission to the VCGLR.
All submissions, except in limited circumstances (see ‘How do I prepare a submission’ below), will be published on the VCGLR's website. Copyright of submissions sent to the VCGLR is owned by the author(s), not by the VCGLR.
The closing date for submissions is 21 September 2017.
Submissions should address the matters in section 25 of the Casino Control Act 1991. For further information about the scope of this review, see ‘Further detail about the review’ below.
Submissions may range from a short email stating your views on a particular issue to a longer document covering a range of issues. It is helpful to the VCGLR if submissions are supported by relevant evidence, such as data and documents, to support your views.
The VCGLR intends to treat submissions as public documents that can be placed on the VCGLR's website. The VCGLR will not place material it considers inappropriate on its website, for example, material that may be defamatory or does not address matters relevant to the review.
It may be appropriate in some cases for the VCGLR to accept sensitive material in confidence, for example, if it is of a personal or commercially sensitive nature and publishing the material would be potentially damaging. If you wish to submit confidential material, please contact the VCGLR for further information and advice beforehand. Material supplied in confidence should be clearly marked and separated from public material.
Please note that the VCGLR is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic), and submissions received (including those received on a confidential basis) may be subject to a request under that Act. The VCGLR is also bound by privacy obligations under the Privacy Act 2000 (Vic) concerning personal information.
The VCGLR prefers to receive submissions as a Word (.doc) file or PDF file. If scanned, please ensure ‘.pdf‘ files are clearly legible.
Submissions should be accompanied by a cover sheet setting out:
All personal details (e.g. home and email address, phone and fax number) other than your, or your organisation’s, name will be removed before the submission is placed on the VCGLR website.
You should receive an email confirmation that your submission has been received within two business days.
Submissions can be:
Suitable person is not specifically defined under the Casino Control Act 1991, but includes consideration of matters relevant to the grant of a casino licence, such as whether the casino operator and its associates are of good repute, financially stable and have sufficient business ability to maintain a successful casino.
The Transaction Documents are a suite of contractural agreements setting out the relationship between the Crown Group of companies, the State of Victoria and other parties concerning the Melbourne Casino. The definition of ‘Transaction Document’ is set out in the Casino (Management Agreement) Act 1993. The Transaction Documents include the Casino Licence and Casino Agreement.
Casino operations is defined under the Casino Control Act 1991 to mean (a) the conduct of gaming and approved betting competitions in the casino; (b) the management and supervision of the conduct of gaming and approved betting competitions in the casino; (c) money counting in, and in relation to, the casino; (d) accounting procedures in, and in relation to, the casino; (e) the use of storage areas in the casino; (f) other matters affecting or arising out of, activities in the casino.
The review is focused on the casino operator, Crown Melbourne Ltd, and the current licence held by it, in accordance with section 25 of the Casino Control Act 1991. It is not a review about whether there should be a casino at all in Victoria. Nor is it a review of the relevant legislation (for example, the Casino Control Act 1991 and Gambling Regulation Act 2003) or of the government’s stated policies in relation to gambling or the casino.
The VCGLR’s review will not be examining the different regulation that applies to Crown Melbourne Ltd in relation to matters such as operating hours of electronic gaming machines, smoking bans and tax rates.
The previous casino review reports are available to download below:
Where can I find the relevant legislation and regulations?
Where can I find further information?
Other reports and documents may be accessed at the following links:
Links to other organisations