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Sixth Casino Review

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The VCGLR has commenced the sixth review of the casino operator and licence.  

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.

What is the casino licence and operator review?

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 casino operator, Crown Melbourne Ltd, is:
    • a suitable person to continue to hold the casino licence
    • complying with the Casino Control Act 1991, the Casino (Management Agreement) Act 1993, the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 and the regulations made under those Acts
    • complying with the transaction documents or other agreements between Crown Melbourne Ltd and the State that impose obligations on Crown Melbourne Ltd in relation to gaming, and
  • it is in the public interest, having regard to the creation and maintenance of public confidence and trust in the credibility, integrity and stability of casino operations, for Crown Melbourne Ltd’s casino licence to continue.

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).

Conduct of the review and contacts

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.

For any questions concerning the review, please contact casino.review@vcglr.vic.gov.au or telephone 1300 182 457.

For media enquiries, please contact vcglrmedia@vcglr.vic.gov.au or telephone
9098 5133.

Making a submission | Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How can I contribute to the review?

Submissions to the review have now closed. The closing date for submissions was 21 September 2017.

Further detail about the review

Under section 25 of the Casino Control Act 1991, what do ‘suitable person’, ‘Transaction Documents’ and ‘casino operations’ mean?

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.

What does the review not cover?

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.

Where can I find the previous casino review reports?

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

For any questions concerning the review, contact casino.review@vcglr.vic.gov.au

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11 December 2017