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The Gambling Commission is an independent statutory decision-making body established under the Gambling Act 2003. The Commission hears casino licensing applications, and appeals on licensing and enforcement decisions made in relation to gaming machines and other non-casino gambling activities. The Gambling Commission has the powers of a Commission of Inquiry. Its functions are wide-ranging, and include the following:
  • Determining applications for casino operators' licences and the renewal of casino venue licences
  • Approving agreements and changes to agreements between casino operators and casino venue licence holders
  • Specifying, varying and revoking casino licence conditions
  • Determining appeals against regulatory and licensing decisions made by the Department of Internal Affairs in respect of Class 3 and Class 4 gambling. Class 3 gambling involves prizes of more than $5,000, but does not take place at a casino or involve gaming machines. Class 4 gambling relates to non-casino gaming machine operations
  • Hearing complaints about the way the Department has handled complaints in relation to Class 4 gambling
  • Advising Ministers on the setting of the problem gambling levy
  • Advising the Minister of Internal Affairs on matters relating to the performance of the Commission's functions and the administration of the Gambling Act 2003.
In exercising these functions, the Commission has wide powers to determine its own procedure, to engage experts and to receive evidence. It considers all matters before it - licensing matters or appeals - afresh.
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