The Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission (TLGC) is established by the Gaming Control Act 1993 as the independent regulator overseeing the administration and regulation of liquor licensing and gaming and wagering activities in Tasmania. The Commission has different regulatory responsibilities and functions across gaming and liquor licensing. Its liquor licensing responsibilities are determined under the Liquor Licensing Act 1990.
The Commission’s operating statement provides a clear, public declaration of the Commission’s responsibilities and current strategic priorities for gaming and liquor licensing in Tasmania.
Jenny Cranston Chair TLGC, February 2017
The Commission is subject to the direction of the Treasurer in the performance of its functions (s127) but directions cannot be given which interfere with the Commission’s statutory functions such as the granting, cancelling suspending or refusing a gaming licence or approval.
As a result of the Treasurer’s September 2006 Community Support Levy direction, the Commission is responsible for recommending an annual budget and monitoring expenditure against the budget approved by the Treasurer.
The Commission, in exercising its liquor related functions, operates independent of the State.
Under the Liquor Licensing Act 1990 the Commission operates as an appeals body for decisions of the Commissioner for Licensing and may hear licence applications referred to it by the Commissioner for Licensing where it is in the best interests of the community to do so.
The Department of Treasury and Finance has responsibility for the administration of the Gaming Control Act and the Liquor Licensing Act but is not responsible for any of the functions of the Commission. The Department’s role is to ensure that the Commission is and remains properly constituted and otherwise able to carry out its statutory functions.
FUNCTIONS OF THE COMMISSION
The principal functions of the Commission with respect to gaming are outlined in section 125 of the Gaming Control Act 1993.
The Commission's functions relating to gaming are to:
- regulate and control gaming to ensure that it is conducted hoestly and free from criminal influence and exploitation
The Commission will ensure appropraite due diligence is undertaken to meet the requirements of the Act.
- investigate and make recommendations to the Minister on matters relating to gaming and other froms of wagering
The Commission will:
- be aware of contemporary gaming and wagering issues and new and emerging industry trends
- take a proactive role in relation to the development and implementation of consumer protection and harm minimisation initiatives
- seek to advise the Treasurer on matters it deems to be pertinent to the current and ongoing development of gaming and wagering policy in Tasmania
- research and investigate matters relating to the control of gaming and other froms of wagering including the probity and financial security of persons involved in the management of gaming and other forms of wagering
The Commission will ensre that there are appropriate operational policies and procedures in place for the control of gambling.
The Commission will regularly liaise with identified key stakeholders responsible for the regulation and control of the conduct of gaming or other forms of wagering.
The Commission will establish and promulgate a comlaint procedure that meets the requirements of the Act and the Commission's obligations in relation to natural justice.
- foster responsible gambling and minimise the harm from problem gambling.
The Commission will encourage responsible gambling and ensure appropriate procedures are in place to minimise the harm from problem gambling.
- perform other such functions as are imposed on it by this Act or any other Act or as are prescribed.
The Commission's functions relating to liquor licensing are to:
- hear liquor licence applications referred to it by the Commissioner for Licensing under the Liquor Licensing Act 1990
The Commission will consider applications for liquor licences referred to it by the Commissioner for Licensing when he or she is of the opinion that it is in the public interest to do so.
The Commission operates as an appeals body for decisions of the Commissioner for Licensing.