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VGCCC to launch inquiry on bingo regulation

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The Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission has opened industry consultations in order to tackle issues that exist within the bingo sector.

The VGCCC, in an effort to make bingo social, fair and safe, has conducted a broad-ranging survey of industry participants and members of the public. This was done to better understand the challenges that Bingo faces as it becomes more digitalised.

As , Fran Thorn, Chair of the Commission, said, “In recent decades, commercial bingo has evolved, moving from paper-based games to electronic ones with significant jackpots.”

It is important that we assess the fairness and integrity of gambling and any potential harm to vulnerable groups, such as women, seniors, First Nations, and low-income people.

Bingo generated a gaming revenue of around A$107m by 2023, which is significantly more than the $61m that keno generates.

On the VGCCC’s website, those who wish to participate in the consultations will find a variety of questions relating to bingo.

The following topics are included:

  • What works well for the industry?
  • What can be done to improve it?
  • Risk of criminal activity in the sector
  • Children and youth are at risk
  • Bingo can be a great way to bring people together.
  • Online shopping is replacing traditional retail stores
  • Do poker rooms offer bingo?

Thorn said that despite regulatory oversight we still receive allegations and reports of non-licensed operators as well as potentially fraudulent activity.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about bingo and its evolution with the technology. Bingo is a social outlet for many members of the community.

We want to reduce harm and understand risks. And we will stop any behavior that threatens the integrity of and fairness in the game.

The VGCCC is inviting anyone interested to participate in consultations to help improve Australia’s bingo industry.

Consultations began on 6 June and continue until 1 August 2024.

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