The Role of the Office of the Liquor and Gambling
The History of our Office |
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The Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner is
responsible for the administration of the following Acts:
Liquor Licensing Act 1997
Gaming Machines Act 1992
Casino Act 1997
Authorised Betting Operations Act 2000
Lottery and Gaming Act 1936
Collections for Charitable Purposes Act 1939
In order to regulate such a large industry the Office is divided into
The Customer Service section provides advice on what forms are required and any additional
information required in relation to applications.
It also processes all documents
received and, if required, will allocate a hearing date for
The Applications Processing section prepares applications for
call-over, and manages applications until they have been
Approval of Persons
All applications that relating to the approval of persons
are processed by this section.
Anyone intending to host a party or organise an event
(or series of events) where liquor will be sold is
required under the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 to obtain a
The Limited Licence section is responsible for processing limited licence applications and ensuring all
relevant function details are collected in order for the
Commissioner to determine an application.
Financial Services Officers are responsible for carrying out
detailed examinations of books of account. Financial
services officers have power of entry to licensed premises in
order to examine the financial records of the business conducted
under the licence.
The Inspectorate is responsible for determining the
physical state and condition of licensed premises or
proposed licensed premises and to inspect for compliance with the provisions of the liquor and gambling legislation.
Inspectors have power of entry to licensed premises.
The Compliance section handles complaints in relation to
licensed premises. In order to investigate such
complaints Compliance Officers are required to conduct
and record interviews, obtain statements and collect
evidence in order to make recommendations regarding the
complaint to the Commissioner or the Court.
The Gaming Administration section is responsible for the scrutiny of the operation of all licences under the Gaming Machines Act. In particular, it is responsible for the approval of all gaming machines, games and equipment and for ensuring compliance with relevant legislation, regulation and codes of practice.
The section also collects gaming revenue from the gaming and wagering industries and produces and maintains gambling statistics.
The section provides advice in relation to legislative and policy matters including responsible gambling and harm minimisation and the development of appropriate technical standards for the gambling industries.
The Casino Inspectorate is responsible for the scrutiny of the operations of the Sky City Adelaide Casino.
Racing Services is responsible for the scrutiny of the betting operations of SA TAB, racing clubs and bookmakers
and the licensing of bookmakers and agents.
The Lottery Licensing section is responsible for ensuring all lotteries conducted are fair and equitable to all those who participate and that they are conducted in accordance with the Lottery and Gaming Act 1936 the Lottery and Gaming Regulations 1993.
The section also licenses charities to collect donations.
The History of our Office
The Office of the Licensing Commissioner
commenced operations on 1 July 1985 as a result of the
introduction of the Liquor Licensing Act of that year.
At the time, the Liquor Licensing Commissioner was
responsible for the administration of the Liquor
Licensing Act 1985 and the Casino Act 1983.
On 17 September 1992 the Gaming Machines Act was
ascented to, and the responsibility for administering this Act was given to the Liquor and Gaming Commissioner.
On 1st October 2000, the Racing Services Section was created.
The Liquor and Gambling Commissioner was given various
responsibilities in relation to wagering under the Racing
Act 1976. This Act was subsequently repealed and replaced
by the Authorised Betting Operations Act 2000.
On 1 July 2004, the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner became responsible for the administration of the Lottery and Gaming Act 1936 and the Collections for Charitable Purposes Act 1939 and the Lottery Licensing section (formerly Lottery and Gaming section) was transferred from RevenueSA to the Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner.
The Commissioner's name changes since 1985 reflect the additional
responsibilities of the position since 1985
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