NSW government response to Bergin Inquiry

Published: 18 Aug 2021

The NSW Government has agreed to support all 19 recommendations from the Bergin Inquiry Report on the regulation of casinos in NSW and the suitability of Crown Resorts to hold a restricted gaming facility licence.

Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello said the NSW Government would establish an independent casino regulator and move to introduce the suite of legislative reforms recommended by Commissioner Bergin.

“The NSW Government response to the Bergin Inquiry will see a redesigned regulatory structure for casinos in NSW, with a clearer focus on addressing money laundering risks inherently associated with casino activities,” Mr Dominello said.

“It is critical the management and operation of casinos in NSW are free from criminal influence and exploitation.

“Committing to implement the 19 recommendations from Justice Bergin’s report is an important first step in the process of reforming the casino sector.

“The new casino regulator will be subject to detailed design work and will be funded via the casino supervisory levy.

“In addition, we will continue to monitor the current casino Royal Commissions in Victoria and Western Australia and consider any proposals for regulatory reform recommended by those inquiries, including stronger gambling harm minimisation measures,” Mr Dominello said.

The Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority continues to assess the suitability of Crown to hold a NSW restricted gaming facility licence and is responsible for determining the circumstances in which the Crown Sydney’s gaming facility is permitted to open.

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