NSW Independent Panel on Gaming Reform Discusses Cashless Trial

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Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) Government has released details of the inaugural meeting of the Independent Panel on Gaming Reform, which took place in Sydney at the start of this week.

The Panel considered factors influencing the approaching cashless gaming trial as well as various elements that will affect its recommendations to the NSW Government about a gambling reform implementation schedule.

The meeting was addressed by Minister of Gaming and Racing David Harris who said he was pleased that the Panel is involved in the planning of the cashless gaming trial.

The Panel's first priority is to confirm the design and regulatory settings for the expanded cashless gaming trial, to ensure it can start as soon as possible. This includes deciding which venues will take part, ensuring there is an appropriate mix of hotels and clubs across metropolitan and regional areas. By imposing certain mandatory requirements, the Panel can ensure that the trial will have strong data security and privacy protections in place.

David HarrisMinister of Gaming and Racing

The Independent Panel to Advise on Gaming Reform

The Panel is also set to provide advice about the gaming reform implementation roadmap to the NSW Government no later than November 2024.

As part of this, the Panel will provide recommendations on how the $100 million harm minimization fund should be used, how the self-exclusion register can be expanded and incorporate third-party exclusions, and how facial recognition technology can be used to aid exclusion schemes and responsible gambling.

Liquor & Gaming NSW, in collaboration with The Cabinet Office and NSW Treasury, is reviewing the ClubGRANTS Scheme, and the Panel will be consulted on this matter. The review will run in parallel to the work on gaming reforms.

Panel Members Chosen for Expertise

Former NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing Commissioner Michael Foggo chaired the inaugural meeting and the Executive Committee included Dr Ursula Stephens (former Senator for NSW, Australian Labor Party) and The Honourable Niall Blair (former Deputy Leader of the NSW Nationals).

Foggo said that the composition of the panel was carefully considered in order to ensure it would provide expert and well balanced advice. He said that it was immediately apparent that all panel members care deeply about gaming reform and genuinely wish to make a difference.

The panel is set up so that a range key stakeholders and experts are represented including industry, gambling harm minimisation experts, academic experts, law enforcement and cyber security. It also has the ability to seek input from other external experts in the field and government bodies such as the NSW Crime Commission, the NSW Information and Privacy Commission and AUSTRAC.

Michael FoggoIndependent Panel on Gaming Reform Chairperson