8. The objects of the Authority are to maintain and administer systems for the licensing, supervision and control of casinos, for the purpose of —
ensuring that the management and operation of a casino is and remains free from criminal influence or exploitation;
ensuring that gaming in a casino is conducted honestly; and
containing and controlling the potential of a casino to cause harm to minors, vulnerable persons and society at large.
[Vic. CCA 1991, s. 140]
—(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the functions and duties of the Authority shall be to —
license and regulate the operation of casinos;
approve any system of controls and administrative and accounting procedures of a casino;
advise the Minister concerning policy in relation to supervision and inspection of casinos;
do all things it is authorised or required to do under this Act, including but not limited to —
supervising the operation of casinos, the persons responsible for such operations and the conduct of gaming within the casinos;
ensuring that the handling, collection, disbursement and counting of money within casino premises is supervised;
detecting offences committed within casino premises or in relation to casinos;
receiving and investigating complaints from casino patrons concerning the conduct of gaming in the casino;
adjudicating cases of dispute between a casino operator and patrons of the casino;
investigating the suitability of applicants for licences;
checking casino records as required;
inspecting, testing and approving gaming equipment and chips used in casinos; and
preparing and giving to the Minister such reports concerning the operation of casinos and the conduct of gaming in them as the Authority thinks fit or as the Minister may request; and
perform such other functions as are conferred or imposed on the Authority by or under this Act or any other written law.
(2) The Authority may undertake such other functions and duties as the Minister may assign to the Authority and in so doing, the Authority shall be deemed to be fulfilling the purposes of this Act, and the provisions of this Act shall apply to the Authority in respect of such functions and duties.
(3) Nothing in this section shall be construed as imposing on the Authority, directly or indirectly, any form of duty or liability enforceable by proceedings before any court to which it would not otherwise be subject.
[Vic. CCA 1991, s. 141]
—(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Authority may carry on such activities as appear to the Authority to be advantageous, necessary or expedient for it to carry on for or in connection with the performance of its functions and the discharge of its duties under this Act or any other written law.
(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the Authority may —
conduct such investigations as may be necessary for enforcing this Act;
require any person to furnish such returns and information as may be necessary for implementing the provisions of this Act;
issue or approve codes of practice relating to casino operations;
publish educational materials or carry out research or other educational activities relating to casino gaming, or to support (financially or otherwise) the carrying out by others of such activities or the provision by others of information or advice;
enter into such contracts as may be necessary or expedient for the purpose of performing its functions or discharging its duties;
become a member or an affiliate of any international body, the functions, objects or duties of which are similar to those of the Authority;
acquire and hold property, both movable and immovable, and to sell, lease, mortgage or otherwise dispose of the property;
make provision for gratuities, pensions, allowances or other benefits for employees or former employees of the Authority; and
make provision for the specialised training of any employee of the Authority and, in that connection, to offer scholarships to intending trainees or otherwise pay for the cost of the training and all expenditure incidental thereto.
(3) This section shall not be construed as limiting any power of the Authority conferred by or under any other written law.
(4) The Authority shall furnish the Minister information with respect to its property and activities in such manner and at such times as the Minister may, from time to time, require.
11. The Minister may, after consultation with the Authority or otherwise, give to the Authority such directions, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, as to the performance and exercise by the Authority of its functions, duties and powers under this Act as the Minister may consider necessary, and the Authority shall give effect to all such directions.
—(1) The Authority may appoint from amongst its own members or from other persons who are not members such number of committees as it thinks fit for purposes which, in the opinion of the Authority, would be better regulated and managed by means of such committees.
(2) The Authority may, subject to such conditions or restrictions as it thinks fit, delegate to any such committee appointed under subsection (1) or to the Chairman or Chief Executive or to any other member, officer or employee of the Authority, any of the functions or powers of the Authority under this Act or any other written law, except —
the power of delegation conferred by this section; and
the power to make any subsidiary legislation.
(3) Any function or power delegated under subsection (2) to any committee or person may be performed or exercised by the committee or person to whom it has been delegated in the name and on behalf of the Authority.
(4) No delegation under this section shall prevent the performance or exercise of any function or power by the Authority.