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Part I PRELIMINARY

Part II CASINO REGULATORY AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE

Division 1 — Establishment, incorporation and constitution of Authority

Division 2 — Functions, duties and powers of Authority

Division 3 — Provisions relating to staff and inspectors

Division 4 — Financial provisions

Division 5 — General

Division 6 — Transfer of property, assets, liabilities and employees

Part III LICENSING OF CASINOS

Part IV SUPERVISION AND CONTROL OF CASINO OPERATORS

Division 1 — Directions, investigations, etc.

Division 2 — Controlled shareholdings

Division 3 — Contracts

Part V LICENSING OF CASINO EMPLOYEES

Part VI CASINO OPERATIONS

Division 1 — Casino layout, games, gaming machines, etc.

Division 2 — Gaming measures

Division 3 — Disputes between casino operator and patron

Division 4 — Entry to casino premises

Division 5 — Prohibited acts within casino premises

Part VII MINORS

Part VIII CASINO INTERNAL CONTROLS

Part IX CASINO TAX

Part X NATIONAL COUNCIL ON PROBLEM GAMBLING

Part XI GENERAL OFFENCES

Part XII ENFORCEMENT POWERS AND PROCEEDINGS

Part XIII MISCELLANEOUS

THE SCHEDULE Constitution and Proceedings of Authority

Legislative Source Key

Legislative History

 
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Division 1 — Directions, investigations, etc.
Directions to casino operator
57.
—(1)  The Authority may give to a casino operator a written direction that relates to the conduct, supervision or control of operations in the casino and the casino operator shall comply with the direction as soon as it takes effect.
(2)  The direction takes effect when the direction is given to the casino operator or on a later date specified in the direction.
(3)  The power conferred by this section includes a power to give a direction to a casino operator to adopt, vary, cease or refrain from any practice in respect of the conduct of casino operations.
(4)  A direction under this section shall not be inconsistent with this Act or the conditions of the casino licence.
(5)  Any casino operator who fails to comply with a direction under this section shall be liable to disciplinary action.
(6)  Where a casino operator has been subject to disciplinary action under subsection (5) (referred to in this section as the first disciplinary action) and continues to fail to comply with the direction of the Authority, such failure shall constitute a fresh ground of disciplinary action for every day or part thereof that the failure continues after the first disciplinary action.
[Vic. CCA 1991, s. 23]
General investigations
58.
—(1)  The Authority may investigate a casino from time to time and at any time that the Authority thinks it desirable to do so and, if it is directed to do so by the Minister, shall investigate the casino.
(2)  The investigation may include (but is not limited to) an investigation of any or all of the following matters:
(a)
the casino and operations in the casino;
(b)
the casino operator or a person who, in the opinion of the Authority, is an associate of the casino operator;
(c)
any person who, in the opinion of the Authority, could affect the exercise of functions in or in relation to the casino;
(d)
any person who, in the opinion of the Authority, could be in a position to exercise direct or indirect control over the casino operator, or an associate of the casino operator, in relation to functions in or in relation to the casino.
(3)  The Authority may make a report to the Minister on the results of such an investigation if it thinks it desirable to do so and shall make such a report if the investigation was made at the direction of the Minister.
[Vic. CCA 1991, s. 24]
Regular investigations of casino operator’s suitability, etc.
59.  The Authority shall, at such intervals as it may determine, investigate whether or not —
(a)
the casino operator is a suitable person to continue to hold the casino licence; and
(b)
the casino licence should continue in force,
and shall take whatever action the Authority considers appropriate in the light of its findings.
[Vic. CCA 1991, s. 25]
Casino operator to provide information
60.
—(1)  The Authority may, by notice in writing, require a casino operator or a person who was a casino operator or a person who, in the opinion of the Authority, is or was directly or indirectly associated with the casino operator —
(a)
to provide the Authority or an authorised person, in accordance with directions in the notice, with such information relevant to the casino operator or that association or to the casino, or with such information as the Authority requires, as is specified in the notice;
(b)
to produce to the Authority or an authorised person, in accordance with the directions in the notice, such records relevant to the casino operator or that association or to the casino, or to matters specified by the Authority, as are specified in the notice and to permit examination of those records, the taking of extracts from them and the making of copies of them; or
(c)
to attend before the Authority or an authorised person for examination in relation to any matters relevant to the casino operator or that association or to the casino, or to matters specified by the Authority, and to answer questions relating to those matters.
(2)  If records are produced under this section, the Authority or authorised person to whom they are produced may retain possession of the records for such period as may reasonably be necessary for investigations to be carried out.
(3)  At any reasonable time during the period for which records are retained, the Authority or authorised person shall permit inspection of the records by a person who would be entitled to inspect them if they were not in the possession of the Authority or an authorised person.
(4)  A person who complies with a requirement of a notice under this section does not on that account incur a liability to another person.
(5)  Any casino operator who fails to comply with a requirement of a notice under this section shall be liable to disciplinary action.
(6)  Any person (other than a casino operator) who fails to comply with a requirement of a notice under this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $200,000 and, in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine not exceeding $20,000 for every day or part thereof during which the offence continues after conviction.
[Vic. CCA 1991, s. 26]
Change in situation of casino operator
61.
—(1)  In this section —
“major change”, in the situation existing in relation to a casino operator, means —
(a)
any change which results in a person becoming an associate of the casino operator;
(b)
any change in the person engaged or appointed to manage or operate the casino; or
(c)
any other change which is of a class or description prescribed as major for the purposes of this section;
“minor change”, in the situation existing in relation to a casino operator, means any change in that situation that is prescribed as a minor change for the purposes of this section.
(2)  A casino operator shall —
(a)
take all reasonable steps to ensure that a major change in the situation existing in relation to the casino operator which is within the casino operator’s power to prevent occurring does not occur except with the prior approval in writing of the Authority;
(b)
where paragraph (a) does not apply, notify the Authority in writing of any major change in the situation existing in relation to the casino operator within 3 days after the casino operator becomes aware of the change; and
(c)
notify the Authority in writing of any minor change in the situation existing in relation to the casino operator within 14 days after becoming aware that the change has occurred.
(3)  Sections 46 and 47 apply to and in respect of an application for approval under this section in the same manner that they apply to and in respect of an application for a casino licence.
(4)  If a major change is proposed or has occurred involving a person becoming an associate of a casino operator —
(a)
in a case which also requires —
(i)
an application to be made under section 65 or 66 by a shareholder or prospective shareholder of the casino operator;
(ii)
notice of a controlled contract to be given under section 73; or
(iii)
an application for a special employee licence to be made under section 81,
the casino operator shall be deemed to have complied with subsection (2)(a) if such application is made or such notice is given, as the case may be; or
(b)
in any other case, the Authority shall inquire into the change to determine whether it is satisfied that the person is a suitable person to be associated with the management of a casino having regard to the matters in section 63(4) and if it is not so satisfied, shall take such action as it considers appropriate under section 63.
(5)  Any casino operator who fails to comply with subsection (2) shall be liable to disciplinary action.
[Vic. CCA 1991, s. 28]
Change in situation of associate
62.
—(1)  Where a change of a kind specified by the Authority in writing given to an associate of a casino operator takes place in the situation existing in relation to the associate of the casino operator, the associate shall notify the Authority in writing of the change within 14 days after it takes place.
(2)  Any associate of a casino operator who fails to comply with subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $25,000 and, in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine not exceeding $2,500 for every day or part thereof during which the offence continues after conviction.
[Vic. CCA 1991, s. 28AA]
On-going monitoring of associates and others
63.
—(1)  The Authority may, from time to time, investigate —
(a)
an associate, or a person likely to become an associate, of a casino operator; or
(b)
any person, body or association having a business association with a person referred to in paragraph (a).
(2)  A casino operator shall notify the Authority in writing that a person is likely to become an associate as soon as practicable after the casino operator becomes aware of the likelihood.
(3)  If the Authority, having regard to the matters referred to in subsection (4), determines that an associate is unsuitable to be concerned in or associated with the business of the casino operator, the Authority may, by notice in writing, require the associate to terminate the association with the casino operator.
(4)  In particular, the Authority shall consider whether the associate —
(a)
is of good repute, having regard to character, honesty and integrity;
(b)
is of sound and stable financial background; and
(c)
has any business association with any person, body or association who or which, in the opinion of the Authority, is not of good repute having regard to character, honesty and integrity or has undesirable or unsatisfactory financial resources.
(5)  If the Authority determines that an associate of a casino operator has engaged or is engaging in conduct that, in the Authority’s opinion, is unacceptable for a person who is concerned in or associated with the ownership, management or operation of the business of the casino operator, the Authority may —
(a)
issue a written warning to the associate that the conduct is unacceptable; or
(b)
give written notice to the associate requiring the associate to give a written undertaking to the Authority, within the period specified in the notice, regarding the future conduct of the associate.
(6)  If the associate fails to give an undertaking required under subsection (5)(b) or breaches an undertaking given under that subsection, the Authority may give the associate written notice requiring the associate to terminate, within 14 days or a longer period agreed with the Authority, the association with the casino operator.
(7)  If the association is not terminated within 14 days from the date of the notice referred to in subsection (3) or (6) or any longer period agreed with the Authority, the Authority may, by notice in writing, direct the casino operator to take all reasonable steps to terminate the association and the casino operator shall comply with the direction within 14 days or any longer period agreed with the Authority.
(8)  The Authority may —
(a)
require an associate or a person likely to become an associate to consent to having his photograph, finger prints and palm prints taken; and
(b)
send a copy of such photograph, finger prints and palm prints and any supporting documents to the Commissioner of Police.
(9)  Any casino operator who fails to comply with subsection (2) or (7) shall be liable to disciplinary action.
[Vic. CCA 1991, s. 28A]