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7.0 Disciplinary Action

The VGCCC may take disciplinary action against a venue operator. Grounds for disciplinary action is specified under section 3.4.25 of the Act.
This may result in the:
  • cancellation or suspension of a venue operator’s licence;
  • variation of the terms of a venue operator’s licence;
  • issuing a letter of censure; or
  • issuing of a fine of up to 5,000 penalty units.

Disciplinary action could also be taken against the nominee in instances when the nominee also holds a Gaming Industry Employee licence. The VGCCC may also review the ongoing suitability of the nominee as an associate of the venue operator.

Results of disciplinary action, including the licensee’s name and licence number are made public on the VGCCC website, newsletter and Annual Report.

Disciplinary Action against a Gaming Industry Employee’s Licence Holder under the Gambling Regulation Act 2003

"Disciplinary action" in relation to a licensee, means any of the following -
  • the service of a written notice on the licensee censuring him or her for any action specified in the notice;
  • variation of the gaming industry employee’s licence;
  • suspension of the licence for a specified period;
  • cancellation of the licence;
  • cancellation of the licence and disqualification from obtaining or applying for a licence or permit under a gaming Act for a specified period not exceeding 4 years;

"Grounds for disciplinary action" under the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 means any of the following grounds in respect of a licensee -
  • that his or her gaming industry employee’s licence was improperly obtained in that, when it was granted, there were grounds for refusing it;
  • that the licensee has been convicted or found guilty of a relevant offence;
  • that the licensee has contravened a condition of the licence;
  • that the licensee has failed to provide information that he or she is required by the Act to provide or has provided information knowing it to be false or misleading;
  • that the licensee has become an insolvent under administration;
  • that for any reason, the licensee is not a suitable person to be the holder of the licence;

"relevant offence" in relation to a licensee means -
  • an offence against a gaming Act or gaming regulations; or an
  • an offence arising out of or in connection with the employment of the licensee under a gaming Act; or an
  • an offence (wherever occurring) involving fraud or dishonesty punishable on conviction by imprisonment for 3 months or more (whether or not in addition to a fine).