The Victoria State government of Australia has become stricter with regards to the working of convicted criminals in the gambling business. They recently closed loophole that allowed avoiding background checks for employees.
The reformed employee policies in the gambling industry will now incorporate a ban on employing convicted offenders, involved in serious criminal acts, within the last ten years of being employed in the industry. This ban with respect to convicted criminals would relate to acts of corruption, fraud, violence and theft.
Loophole closure in policy
The Minister of Consumer Affairs, gambling industry, Jane Garrett, made an announcement regarding the closing up of the policy loophole. She also announced that all licensed bookmakers will have to incorporate stricter employee background checks from now on.
There has been a stepping up of initiatives by the Victoria State government in the last few months. These are associated with handling corruption related to racing and sports in Australia.
The government and the Australian Racing Integrity Commission together signed an information agreement in November. This allowed the gambling industry to investigate money laundering cases, race fixing as well as other types of corruption in a much better way.
Improved monitoring plan
The ministers in the government have also said that would try and implement an improved monitoring plan for the country’s gambling industry. This would ensure that the Australian Federal Police can investigate into suspicious activity more efficiently.
The governance of Victoria is as per the Westminster system principles. This is a parliamentary government form based on the United Kingdom model. The powers of legislature are withheld by the Parliament of Victoria. It includes the Crown (Governor of Victoria), and the Houses-The Victorian Legislative Council or the upper house as well the Victorian Legislative Assembly.