Tabcorp along with eight venues have been charged by the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCCC) for allegedly allowing minors to gamble.
In breach of the Gambling Regulation Act 2003, Tabcorp faces a total of 54 charges from the VGCCC, including 27 counts of allowing a minor to gamble and failing to reasonably supervise its electronic betting terminals.
The VGCCC has charged eight venues for allowing a minor to gamble, allowing a minor within a gaming machine area and failing to ensure gambling vending machines were reasonably supervised at all times between 8 September 2022 to 1 November 2022. These venues are:
- Olympic Hotel
- Brunswick Club
- Edwardes Lake Hotel
- Parkview Hotel
- Albion Charles Hotel
- Doncaster Hotel
- Rose Shamrock & Thistle Hotel
- Northcote TAB Agency
The TAB agency has been charged with allowing a minor to gamble and failing to ensure reasonable supervision of its electronic betting terminals.
If found guilty, the operators could face a maximum collective fine of more than A$1m, while Tabcorp could face a maximum fine of $698,997.60.
VGCCC CEO Annette Kimmitt AM said: “One of the most serious harms is allowing minors to gamble. All gambling venues must ensure they do not accept a bet from a minor and must ask for identification from anyone they suspect could be underage.”
Earlier this month, the VGCCC also fined Tabcorp A$1m for a major system outage during the 2020 Spring Racing Carnival.