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This page outlines information about the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) Commission hearings, decisions and inquiries.
Notice: Changes to the conduct of Commission hearings due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Commission is continuing to conduct hearings, but in response to the impact of COVID-19 these hearings are being conducted subject to an amended process:
• Hearings will not be conducted in-person with parties or the public in attendance at the Commission
• Hearings will be conducted with parties either by videoconference (Skype for Business or Skype), via teleconference, or “on the papers” via written submissions according to what is most appropriate in the circumstances of each case
• Ordinarily the Commission will conduct its hearings (by videoconference or teleconference) in private with no access to members of the public. If however a person seeks have a hearing open to the public, the Commission can consider this and the person should email this request to firstname.lastname@example.org at least seven days before the hearing
• The conduct of all hearings will be managed on a case-by-case basis by the Commission
The VCGLR is an independent decision-making authority. The objectives of the Commission based decision-making structure is to deliver balanced and consistent regulatory decision-making for liquor and gambling matters. The VCGLR is accountable to the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation and Parliament.
To view and download previous decisions and reasons for decisions in relation to gaming applications and disciplinary action proceedings visit the Gambling commission decisions and Liquor commission decisions pages. For searchable decisions, see the austlii website .
The Commission may conduct meetings and inquiries in public or private. Unless confidentiality considerations apply, the VCGLR will generally hold public hearings on matters such as:
The Commission must also publish a notice advising of the upcoming public inquiries on this website.
A person whose interests are affected by a decision of the VCGLR may appeal to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal or the Supreme Court on a question of law. The appeal body will be determined by the nature of the decision.
Liquor licensing applicants and objectors have the right to ask for an internal review of a licensing decision if a single Commissioner or delegate of the Commission made the decision.
Any reviews are heard by a panel of Commissioners. To ensure the independence of the review, the panel of Commissioners must exclude the original decision-maker. Hearings are usually conducted in a public forum (unless confidentiality considerations apply).
The Commission provides a written statement of reasons of its internal review decision to the applicant.
Parties to an application are given written notice of the inquiry.
Information about upcoming hearings or inquiries is also available on this page.
The VCGLR ensures the internal review is fair by providing appropriate written notice to applicants, excluding the original decision-maker from the review and holding the review publicly (where possible) to promote openness and transparency. The VCGLR provides a written statement of reasons of its internal review decision to the applicant.
The following Practice Notes and Information Sheets are available to download:
As Practice Notes/Information Sheets are either amended or developed over time, they will be published on this page.
In this section, you will find the dates and agendas for forthcoming gambling meetings, inquiries and hearings of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (the Commission) and the published decisions relating to previous meetings on gambling matters.
Results of public inquiries and hearings conducted by the Commission are also available, as is information on appeals.
The following table lists all current applications to the Commission for approval of premises as suitable for gaming or to increase the number of gaming machines at an existing approved venue.
The following decisions arise from inquiries and hearings of the Commission on gambling matters.
Appeals to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and Supreme Court, Court of Appeal (SCCA) against decisions made by the Commission on gambling matters are available via the Australasian Legal Information Institute database (search 'Gambling' to find relevant decisions).
Archived agendas from public session Commission meetings are available to download at Archived public meeting agendas - 2012.
Archived decisions from public session Commission meetings are available to download below:
Archived decisions from private session Commission meetings are available to download below:
In this section, you will find the liquor hearing guidelines, dates for upcoming hearings and published inquiry notices.
Inquiry notices are published pursuant to Section 92A and Section 94B of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.
The inquiry notices detail the initial hearing date and grounds for the inquiry.
Dates and details for upcoming liquor hearings pursuant to the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 are available below.
The Commission prepares written reasons for its decisions in many liquor and gambling inquiries. In the interests of transparency of decision making, it is the Commission’s standard practice to publish a copy of its decisions and reasons for decisions on its website and the AustLII website, unless it considers it is not appropriate to do so in any particular case.
Generally, the Commission’s reasons for decision set out the background and context of each matter and therefore will ordinarily include some personal information of those involved, for example, applicants and objectors. It is therefore possible that individuals involved in these matters may be identifiable from information contained in the reasons for decision. Any person concerned with the potential publication of their personal information should contact the Secretariat of the Commission (email@example.com) as soon as practicable during the inquiry process.
Commission proceedings are usually recorded and produced in a written transcript.
The current provider of recording and transcription services to the VCGLR is Auscript Australasia Pty Limited.
The parties to the proceedings may request a copy of a transcript. The Commission also provides, on the conclusion of an EGM matter, a copy of transcript to the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation for research purposes.
Copyright of the transcripts is owned by the Commission. Transcripts cannot be photocopied or used in any other way without permission from the Commission.
Commission records of proceedings, including transcripts and audio recordings, are retained by the Commission for two to three years after the completion of the matter. After the retention period has expired, the original transcripts are sent to archives for safekeeping.
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