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VICTORIAN COMMISSION FOR GAMBLING AND LIQUOR REGULATION ACT 2011 - SECT 28

Are Commission meetings and inquiries open to the public?

    (1)     The Commission may conduct meetings and inquiries in public or private.

    (2)     However, an inquiry conducted for the purposes of making a finding or a determination relating to any of the following matters must be conducted in public unless the Commission determines, under subsection (3), that there are special circumstances requiring that the inquiry or part of it should be conducted in private—

        (a)     a liquor licence application if an objection, on the grounds of either amenity or the misuse and abuse of alcohol under section 38, 40 or 41(1)(b) of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 , is lodged in accordance with the requirements of that Act;

        (b)     a late hour entry declaration for an area or locality under section 58B of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 ;

        (c)     a disciplinary action inquiry under section 91 of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 ;

        (d)     an inquiry into amenity or disuse under section 94 of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 ;

        (e)     an application for approval of premises for gaming under Part 3 of Chapter 3 of the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 ;

        (f)     an application for a venue operator's licence under Division 2 of Part 4 of Chapter 3 of the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 ;

        (g)     a proposed amendment to a venue operator's licence to—

              (i)     vary the days or dates on which 24 hour gaming is permitted;

              (ii)     add a new condition to specify days or dates on which 24 hour gaming is permitted;

              (iii)     increase the number of gaming machines permitted in an approved venue so that the approved venue will have more than 10% more than the number of gaming machines permitted in the venue at the time of the proposed amendment;

              (iv)     increase the number of gaming machines permitted in an approved venue within 2 years after the Commission has approved an increase of not more than 10% in the number of gaming machines permitted in the venue;

              (v)     vary the approved self-exclusion program;

              (vi)     vary the approved Responsible Gambling Code of Conduct;

        (h)     approval of gaming machine types and games under section 3.5.4 of the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 ;

              (i)     variation of gaming machine types and games under section 3.5.5 of the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 ;

        (j)     withdrawal of gaming machine types and games under section 3.5.6 of the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 ;

        (k)     approval to install a linked jackpot arrangement referred to in section 3.5.7 of the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 ;

        (l)     the making of rules under section 3.5.23 of the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 ;

        (m)     any matters in relation to an application under Chapter 4 of the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 (other than an application under Part 3 of that Chapter of that Act);

        (n)     any matters in relation to an application under Chapter 6A of the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 (other than an application under Part 3 of that Chapter of that Act);

        (o)     any of the following under the Casino Control Act 1991

              (i)     the granting of a casino licence under section 13 of that Act;

              (ii)     the amendment of the conditions of a casino licence under section 16 of that Act;

              (iii)     the definition or redefinition of boundaries of a casino under section 17 of that Act;

              (iv)     the giving or varying of a direction about the days and times of operation of a casino under section 65 of that Act.

    (3)     The Commission may direct that an inquiry or part of it be conducted in private if the Commission considers that special circumstances of a kind specified in paragraph (a) or (b) exist—

        (a)     to prevent the unreasonable divulgence of information relating to the personal affairs of any person (including a deceased person); or

        (b)     it is otherwise in the interests of justice or the public interest to do so.

    (4)     The Commission must advise that the Commission is conducting an inquiry in public by notice published on the Internet site of the Commission.

    (5)     In the notice published under subsection (4), the Commission must—

        (a)     specify the type of inquiry being conducted; and

        (b)     specify the date of, time of and place of the inquiry.

Division 4—Staffing and delegation



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