ACT Gambling & Racing Commission - Appointment of Members
The Commission is an independent statutory body responsible for the regulation of gambling and racing activities in the ACT. Its legislative authority stems from the Gambling and Racing Control Act 1999 . The functions of the Commission include:
- regulating the activities of the casino, gaming machines, lotteries, racing, betting and interactive gambling;
- approving gaming and racing activities;
- monitoring and researching the social effects of gambling and of problem gambling;
- reviewing legislation and policies relating to gaming and racing and making recommendations to the Minister on those matters;
- providing education and counselling services;
- investigating and conducting inquiries into issues and activities of persons in relation to gaming and racing related matters;
- monitoring, researching and funding activities relating to gaming and racing;
- engaging in community consultation, as appropriate; and
- collecting taxes, fees and charges imposed or authorised by or under gaming laws.
The Act provides that the Commission consists of a Chief Executive Officer (full time position), appointed under the Public Sector Management Act 1994, and four other ordinary members (part time members), one of whom shall have knowledge, experience or qualifications related to providing counselling services to problem gamblers. The Minister shall appoint one of the ordinary members as Chairperson of the Commission. The Minister shall appoint eligible persons to be ordinary members.
A person is eligible if the person:
- is of good character and has a good reputation in their profession or business; and
- has suitable experience and qualifications to perform the duties of a member.
A person is not eligible if:
- the person or person's spouse has an interest in a business subject to a gaming law;
- the person has a close personal association with a person who is not of good character and business reputation;
- the person has a business or financial association with a person who is not of good character and business reputation;
- the person has been convicted of an offence against a gaming law or a corresponding law; or
- the person has, within the period of 5 years before the proposed appointment, been convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment for 12 months or more.
The term of appointment for Commission members is three years. Members are eligible for re-appointment at the expiration of that term. The Chief Executive remains as a member for the duration of his/her term of office.
Summary CVs for Commission Members
John Haskins retired from full-time work in 1998. For over 20 years prior to his retirement, John was Executive Chairman of a medium-sized construction and development company with offices on the Gold Coast, Sydney and Canberra. He is a past vice-president of the world-wide construction industry association known as CICA and past president of IFAWPCA (International Federation of Asian and Western Pacific Contractors’ Association) of which 15 countries are members.
John is a Life Member and past president of the Master Builders’ Association of Australia and of the Master Builders’ Association of the ACT. He was a director of ACTTAB for 9 years, the last two years of his term as deputy chairman. John currently sits on several other boards including EPIC, CBUS and UTA.
Mr Rolfe is the Managing Director of Rolfe Property Services, a company specializing in cleaning and associated services in the ACT. He is a past Vice President of the Building Service Contractors Association of Australia (ACT Division). Over the past decade, Mr Rolfe has also involved himself in the fostering of the local Small Business industry, serving on the Committee of the Micro and Home Business Association and lecturing in Small Business practice at the Canberra Institute of Technology and CIT Solutions. Mr Rolfe is a qualified workplace assessor and holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.
Mark Doverty adds to the Commission knowledge, experience, qualifications and expertise in counselling, research, and addictive behaviours. Dr Doverty has a range of post-graduate qualifications including a M.Sc (Addictive Behaviour), and a Grad. Dip. Counselling. He has previously been employed at clinician, manager and director levels in health services in Australia and overseas.
Ms Tay (LLB) is a partner with legal Firm Meyer Vandenberg and leads their Corporate Advisory and Comercial Division. Ms Tay specialises in Commercial Law and Contracting; Corporations Law and Corporate Governance; Information and Communications Technology and Intellectual Property.
Mr Jones was appointed as the Commission's Chief Executive Officer on 1 November 2005. He brings to the role extensive public sector experience including involvement with gaming regulation since 1993 incorporating 6 years as CEO and Chief Casino Inspector of the former ACT Casino Surveillance Authority. Mr Jones has an Honour's degree from ANU specialising in Economics and Psychology. Recent achievements included the conduct of the Commission's legislative review program which has seen comprehensive reviews conducted on the Gaming Machine Act, the Casino Control Act and the Lotteries Act. Mr Jones was instrumental in the development of the ACT's Gambling Code of Practice which was the first mandatory Code of Practice covering all gambling licensees in any Australian jurisdiction.
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