Responsibilities of the minister and our office
The Minister for Gaming and Racing is the responsible Minister with respect to the governing legislation in the case of the relevant controlling bodies of racing:
- Thoroughbred Racing Act 1996
- Harness Racing Act 2009
- Greyhound Racing Act 2009
- Totalizator Act 1997
- Racing Administration Act 1998
- Unlawful Gambling Act 1998.
Hence our office has an important role in the provision of racing and wagering policy advice to the Minister on the above legislation.
Additionally, our office has comprehensive regulatory responsibilities over TABcorp's wagering activities.
Under section 19 of the Racing Administration Act 1998, the Minister is responsible for the issue of authorisations to bookmakers to accept bets on sports events and, under section 16, the issue of telephone and electronic betting authorities to bookmakers. Our office is responsible for regulating various aspects of bookmaker activities in these spheres.