The department and its associated agencies advise on gambling policy and regulate gambling licensing. Agencies commission research and provide education about gambling in Victoria, and offer support for problem gambling.
Legislation and regulation
The gambling policy unit in the department's Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing is the primary government point of reference for industry, community and government on gambling matters. The unit is responsible for the provision of strategic policy advice and support to the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation.
Licensing and compliance
The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) – an independent statutory authority – is responsible for regulating all forms of legalised gambling in Victoria. The commission’s functions include informing and educating industry and the public about regulatory practices and requirements.
Education, research and responsible gambling
The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (VRGF) is an independent statutory authority 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.