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Independent Panel to Oversee Gambling Reform in New South Wales

Posted on July 19, 2023 | 5:42 am

The Government of New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, has announced that it established an independent panel to oversee a reform of the gambling sector in the state.

The panel will be composed of sixteen members and will be chaired by Michael Foggo, an individual with plenty of experience in the industry as he is a former Commissioner of the New South Wales Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing.

There will be four industry representatives on the panel, four harm minimisation representatives and two academics. The rest of the members include one representative each for Cyber Security NSW, the New South Wales Police and the United Workers Union. The panel will also have two executive committee members: Ursula Stephens, Labor senator, and Niall Blair, a former member of the legislative council.

One of the main tasks of the panel will be to oversee the planned trial of cashless gaming but it will also have to implement a clear roadmap for gaming reforms. The panel will have to seek input for these reforms from external sources such as the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (Austrac), the government body that has recently made Crown Resorts pay 450 million Australian dollars in penalties.

The panel will also have to issue other recommendations regarding the expansion of the self-exclusion register to the whole state, as well as using facial recognition technology to enforce exclusion schemes. The panel will have to submit a definitive report to the government in November 2024 at the latest.

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An Important Next Step

Chris Minns, the Prime Minister of New South Wales, described forming this panel as “an important next step” as the government is trying to “stamp out criminal activity in clubs” and reduce the harmful effects of problem gaming. “The panel has a big job to do but we have the balance right to ensure we have an evidence-based roadmap for future gaming reforms,” the Prime Minister concluded.

Michael Foggo, the chairman of the newly-formed panel, underlined the importance of reducing gambling harm as it not only affects individuals but also their families and the broader community as well. “I want to make sure we get the balance right and consider all relevant factors so that any future reforms work,” Michael Foggo added.

The New South Wales government has also been thinking about increasing land-based casino tax. This idea was expressed by the state’s previous government, and the new administration postponed its implementation until after the parliamentary winter recess.


“NSW government announces 16-person independent panel to oversee cashless gaming trial“,, July 14, 2023.

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