AUSTRAC and the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCCC) have strengthened their cooperation in the fight against serious financial crime through the signing of an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
The MOU will enable AUSTRAC and VGCCC to share information to protect the community by strengthening the gambling sector against criminal abuse. AUSTRAC also has MOUs with state and territory-based gambling regulators in NSW, QLD and ACT to enable strong partnerships and collaboration.
The VGCCC works with a range of state and federal regulators and agencies to ensure the integrity of Victoria’s gambling and liquor industries.
AUSTRAC CEO Nicole Rose said the MOU is an important step in the fight against financial and serious crime, and it confirms the commitment by both agencies to collaborate and exchange financial intelligence.
“The impact on the community of criminals exploiting the gambling industry to launder the proceeds of serious crime cannot be underestimated. It is critical for AUSTRAC and its state and territory-based regulatory and Government partners to work together to ensure the gambling industry is hardened against misuse by criminals,” Ms Rose said.
Adam Ockwell, VGCCC Executive Director of Compliance, said the updated MOU will provide designated VGCCC staff access to AUSTRAC’s financial intelligence database.
This includes access to financial transaction information and suspicious matter reports from businesses to enable the VGCCC to identify and investigate threats facing the Victorian gambling sector and to refer to and assist law enforcement agencies in investigating criminal activity.
The new agreement takes the existing MOU to the next level and enables better information sharing and cooperative regulatory oversight.
“Having faster access to AUSTRAC’s financial intelligence will strengthen our work in identifying any emerging financial crime issues so we can take appropriate regulatory action, including education measures, to minimise harm, protect the community and ensure the integrity of the gambling industries in Victoria.
“It is an object of the Acts we administer to ensure that gambling activities in Victoria are free from criminal influence and exploitation,” said Mr Ockwell.
ACMA Blocks More Illegal Offshore Gambling Websites
The ACMA has requested that Australian internet service providers (ISPs) block more illegal offshore gambling websites.
The sites include Spin Oasis, Fab Spins, RB Carnival, The GoGo Room, Velvet Spin, Zenith Slots, Slots of Wins, Latinbet24, Hell Spin, Sky Crown, Blue Leo, Wolf Winner, Bizzo Casino, Wabo88 and Ozbet88.
The ACMA investigated and found these services to be operating in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.
Website blocking is one of a range of enforcement options to protect Australians against illegal online gambling. Since the ACMA made its first blocking request in November 2019, 614 illegal gambling and affiliate websites have been blocked.
Over 180 illegal services have also pulled out of the Australian market since the ACMA started enforcing new illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017.
IAGR ANNOUNCES DIGITAL TICKET TO UPCOMING CONFERENCE
IAGR looks forward to welcoming around 200 international gambling regulators, industry stakeholders and thought leaders to Melbourne for its conference, A Kickstart for collaboration: Sparking innovation in regulatory practice, from 17 – 20 October.
To extend the reach of the content to regulators who can’t make it to Australia, IAGR has created a ticket to access the recordings from the conference.
IAGR2022’s digital ticket provides one year’s access to the recordings. IAGR President, Dr Jason Lane, says that this way, attendees can watch the content in their time zone as many times as they like.
“For last year’s conference, we had little choice but to create a digital ticket, given so many of us were unable to travel,” says Dr Lane.
“This year, while we’re thrilled to see in-person ticket sales return to pre-pandemic numbers, we still want to offer the opportunity for as many regulators as possible to access the fantastic sessions we have lined up for Melbourne.
This year’s conference features around 40 speakers and panelists, including:
- Andrew Rhodes, CEO, Gambling Commission United Kingdom
- Professor Sally Gainsbury, Director, Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic, Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney
- Michael Morton, Senior Policy Counsel, Nevada Gaming Control Board
- Fran Thorn, Chair, Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission
- Are Bashir, Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority
“Your ticket to IAGR2022, whether you watch the recorded sessions or attend in the flesh, allows you to step back and hear from expert speakers and panel discussions on the latest research, trends, and innovative solutions.”
Head to the IAGR conference page to explore the conference program and secure a ticket.
IAGR is proud to hold this year’s conference in partnership with hosts, the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission.
Konami Australia Promotes David Punter to Operations Manager Sales, Marketing and Services Across ANZ and APAC
Konami Australia announced the appointment of experienced industry leader David Punter to operations manager sales, marketing and service ANZ / APAC to expand his role in Konami to include the Asia region and service.
Punter brings more than two decades of experience in sales, marketing and product strategy, along with business operations, to this role.
Leading sales in ANZ, he has driven growth in these domestic markets and will continue that to the Asia Pacific region, combined with his extensive experience and demonstrated track record of success.
As operations manager sales, marketing and service for ANZ / APAC, he will focus on customer requirements and drive sales and product strategies to meet the needs of these regions.
“David has been in senior roles in the gaming industry for nearly two decades, with a passion for sales, marketing products and meeting customers gaming requirements. This has been reflected in his time with Konami for nearly five years, driving sales and customer results across the domestic markets in ANZ,” said Steve Sutherland, managing director at Konami Australia and president and CEO of Konami Group Corporation’s global gaming & systems division.
“With David’s expanded leadership across Asia and passion for effective market delivery, his expanded role will drive even further momentum across ANZ and APAC,” Steve Sutherland added.
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