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Liquor, gaming and racing policy

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The Liquor, Gaming and Racing business group and its associated agencies advise on liquor, gambling and racing policy matters in Victoria.

The liquor, gaming and racing business group is the primary government point of reference for industry, community and government on liquor, gambling and racing matters. It is responsible for the provision of strategic policy advice and support to the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation and the Minister for Racing.

Liquor policy

The liquor policy team is responsible for:

  • developing the overall liquor policy framework, preparing policy options and implementing policy decisions of the government
  • developing liquor legislation and regulation
  • supporting and facilitating stakeholder engagement and providing advice to the Minister for Consumer Affairs Gaming and Liquor Regulation on liquor issues.

For information about liquor licensing, refer to the Business licensing section of our website.

Gambling policy

The gambling policy team is responsible for:

  • developing the overall gambling policy framework, preparing policy options and implementing policy decisions of the government
  • developing gambling legislation and regulation
  • supporting and facilitating stakeholder engagement and providing advice to the Minister for Consumer Affairs Gaming and Liquor Regulation on responsible gambling.

For more information on licensing, compliance, education, research and responsible gambling, refer to the Gambling section of our website.

Racing policy

The role of the Office of Racing is to provide policy advice and administrative support to the Minister for Racing and implement the government's racing policy objectives. The office plays a key role in facilitating the ongoing relationships between the government and stakeholders within the Victorian racing industry.

The Office of Racing also serves as the primary point of contact between the government and the three recognised controlling bodies for Victorian racing:

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The role of statutory agencies and positions

The independent statutory position of Racing Integrity Commissioner (External link) was established under the Racing Act 1958 to provide independent oversight of integrity issues across all three racing codes: thoroughbred, harness and greyhounds racing. Functions of the Racing Integrity Commissioner include the conduct of annual audits of the integrity processes of the three controlling bodies, the hearing and investigation of integrity related complaints and the conduct of own motion inquiries producing recommendations and findings as appropriate.

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) (External link) is an independent statutory authority established under the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation Act 2011. The VCGLR is responsible for regulating all forms of legalised gambling and liquor licence activities in Victoria. The VCGLR is responsible for regulating gaming machines, wagering, keno, interactive gaming, community and charitable gaming, bookmakers, public lotteries, trade promotion lotteries, gambling at the Melbourne casino and liquor licensing arrangements.

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (VRGF) (External link) is an independent statutory authority established in July 2012, that works to foster responsible gambling and reduce the incidence and impact of problem gambling on the Victorian community. The foundation funds services for people affected by problem gambling, community education to foster responsible gambling and research to ensure services and education are based on the best information available. For more information on licensing, compliance, education, research and responsible gambling, refer to the Gambling section of our website.

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The department acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.