The ACT Gambling and Racing Commission (the Commission) is an independent body established under section 5 of the Gambling and Racing Control Act 1999. The Act provides for the continued administration of certain Acts relating to gambling and racing and establishes the powers, functions and activities of the Commission.
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 Commission performs its functions in a way that best promotes the public interest, and in particular, as far as practicable:
- promotes consumer protection;
- minimises the possibility of the criminal or unethical activity; and
- reduces the risks and costs, to the community and individuals concerned, of problem gambling.
Vision and Values of the Commission
The vision of the Commission is to create an environment in which key stakeholders have the highest degree of confidence in the integrity of the Territory’s approved gaming and wagering industries, and to minimise the harm caused by problem gambling.
The Commission’s values are:
- fairness and integrity;
- achievement and excellence;
- innovation and development; and