On Tuesday, 4 September, Treasurer Rob Lucas delivered the 2018-19 State Budget, which included measures aimed at delivering a more effective approach to gambling regulation in South Australia.
Under initiatives announced in the State Budget, the Government intends to dissolve the Independent Gambling Authority, with the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner to assume sole responsibility for the regulation of commercial gambling in South Australia.
The changes are expected to come into effect on 1 December, and will also include the establishment of a new Gambling Advisory Council, involving both Government and stakeholders, that will work collaboratively to address critical gambling-related matters.
These decisions have been informed by the conclusions of retired Supreme Court Judge Tim Anderson QC in his Administrative Review of Gambling Regulation in South Australia, which was tabled in Parliament on 4 September, 2018.
As the review contains personally and commercially sensitive information that was not relevant to these decisions, that information has been redacted from the review. The Gambling Regulation in South Australia, Administrative Review of – Report 9 December 2016 is now available from the Parliament of South Australia website.