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Gaming Supervision Act 1998 (NI)

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Act No. 4, 1998
Act Applied Law as amended, incorporating amendments up to Norfolk Island Continued Laws Ordinance 2015 (No. 2, 2015)
This is an Act of the previous Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly that was continued in force under s16 and 16A of the Norfolk Island Act 1979.
Administered by: Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
Registered 13 Apr 2017
Start Date 01 Apr 2017

 

NORFOLK                            ISLAND

 

Gaming Supervision Act 1998

No. 4, 1998

Compilation No. 5

Compilation date:                              1 April 2017

Includes amendments up to:            Norfolk Island Continued Laws Ordinance 2015
(No. 2, 2015)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


NORFOLK                            ISLAND

 

 

 

gaming supervision Act 1998

 

TABLE OF PROVISIONS

PART 1   PRELIMINARY

         1.      Short title

         2.      Commencement

         3.      The Crown

         4.      Interpretation

PART 2   Norfolk Island gaming Authority

Division 1 —  Establishment of the Authority

            5.        Establishment

         6       Powers and functions of the Authority

Division 2  —  Functions and Powers of the Authority

       11.      Functions and powers

       12.      Inquiries

       13.      Powers and procedures of Authority on inquiry or other proceeding

Part 3  —  authorised officers

       16.      Authorised officers

       17.      Functions of authorised officers

       18.      Powers of authorised officers

       19.      Hindrance, etc, of authorised officers

Part 4—miscellaneous

       20.      Privilege

       21.      Documents held in computers

       22.      Probity obligations

       23.      Restriction on actions

       24.      Secrecy

       25.      Commonwealth Minister may give directions to the Authority

       26.      Regulations

 

 


 

NORFOLK                            ISLAND

 

 

Gaming Supervision Act 1998

 

An Act to establish an administrative structure for the supervision and control of gaming licensed under certain Acts, to provide for its functions and powers and for other purposes.

part 1  —  Preliminary

Short title

1.      This Act may be cited as the Gaming Supervision Act 1998.

Commencement

2.      (1)        Section 1 and this section commence on the day on which notification of Assent is published in the Gazette.

        (2)        The remaining provisions commence on a day, or respective days, fixed by the Administrator by notice in the Gazette.

The Crown

3.      (1)        This Act binds the Crown.

        (2)        Nothing in this Act makes the Crown in any capacity liable to be prosecuted for an offence.

Interpretation

4.      In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears —

“authorised officer” means an authorised officer appointed under section 16 of this Act;

“Authority” means the Norfolk Island Gaming Authority established under section 5 of this Act;

“law enforcement agency” means —

(a)     the Norfolk Island police force; or

(b)     the police force of a State or Territory of the Commonwealth or New Zealand; or

(c)     the Australian Federal Police; or

(d)    any other prescribed authority or person responsible for the enforcement of law;

“prescribed Act” means —

(a)     the Gaming Act 1998; and

(b)     the Bookmakers and Betting Exchange Act 1998; and

(c)     any other Act prescribed for the purposes of this definition; and

Part 2  —  Norfolk Island gaming authority

Division 1—Establishment of the Authority

Establishment

5.      The Norfolk Island gaming Authority is established by this Act.

6  Powers and functions of the Authority

                   On and after 1 April 2017, the powers and functions of the Authority are to be exercised and performed by the Minister on behalf of the Authority.

Division 2  —  Functions and Powers of the Authority

Functions and powers

11.    (1)        The functions of the Authority are —

(a)        the functions conferred on, or assigned to, it by or under this or any prescribed Act; and

(b)        to ensure that an efficient and effective system of supervision is established and maintained over the operations authorised by or under any prescribed Act; and

(d)       to liaise with other gaming control agencies, whether in Australia or elsewhere, on matters relating to the administration, operation or control of gaming.

        (2)        The Authority has power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with, or incidental to, the performance of its functions and in particular has the specific powers conferred on, or assigned to, it by or under this or any prescribed Act.

         (3)        The Authority may direct an authorised officer in the exercise of the powers or functions conferred on him or her by or under this Act, or any prescribed Act.

Inquiries

12.    (1)        The Authority may —

(a)        hold an inquiry whenever it considers it necessary or desirable for the purpose of carrying out its functions; and

(b)        must, at the request of the Minister, hold an inquiry into any matter relating to the operation, administration or enforcement of any prescribed Act.

        (2)        The Authority must provide the Minister with a report of the Authority’s findings and recommendations for any action to be taken.

        (3)        Unless the Authority recommends that the report should remain confidential, the Minister must table a copy of the report in the Legislative Assembly within 2 sitting days after it is received.

Powers and procedures of Authority on inquiry or other proceeding

13.    (1)        For the purposes of an inquiry, investigation or other proceedings before the Authority (whether under this or any other Act), the Authority may —

(a)        require —

(i)      the attendance before the Authority of any person; or

(ii)     the production of any equipment or other item, or any books, papers or documents; or

(b)        require a person to answer a specified question to the best of the person’s knowledge and belief, verified by statutory declaration; or

(c)        inspect any equipment or other items, or books, papers or documents produced before it and retain them for that purpose; or

(d)       make copies of books, papers or documents produced before it; or

(e)        require a person to make an oath, or affirm, that the person will truly answer all questions put to the person in the course of an inquiry; or

(f)        require a person to answer any question put to the person by the Authority or any person appearing before the Authority.

        (2)        A person must not —

(a)        fail to comply with a requirement of the Authority under paragraph 13(1)(a) unless the person has a reasonable excuse (proof of which lies on the person); or

(b)        disrupt the proceedings of, or misbehave before, the Authority; or

(c)        insult the Authority; or

(d)       fail to be sworn or affirm, or to answer any relevant question, when required to do so by the Authority.

Penalty (Subsection 13(2)):     100 penalty units or 12 months imprisonment or both.

        (3)        The Authority may sit at any time and in any place (including a place outside Norfolk Island) and may adjourn its sittings from time to time or from place to place.

        (4)        In any proceeding, the Authority may —

(a)        receive in evidence any transcript of evidence in proceedings before —

(i)            any court or tribunal; or

(ii)           any other person or body approved by the Administrator in writing for the purposes of this section,

and may draw any conclusions of fact from the transcript as it thinks proper; or

(b)        in its discretion, adopt any finding decision or judgement of —

(i)            any court or tribunal; or

(ii)           any other person or body approved by the Administrator in writing for the purposes of this section.


Part 3—Authorised officers

Authorised officers

16.    (1)        The Minister may appoint a person to be an authorised officer in respect of a prescribed Act or prescribed Acts.

        (2)        The Minister must provide each authorised officer with identification bearing a photograph of the person and identifying the person as an authorised officer.

        (3)        An authorised officer must, on request, show his or her identification to a person when exercising the powers or functions of an authorised officer in respect of that person.

        (4)        An authorised officer is subject only to the direction of the Authority in the performance of the functions, or exercise of the powers, of that office.

Functions of authorised officers

17.    (1)        An authorised officer has the following functions —

(a)        to directly supervise and inspect the licensed operations undertaken under any prescribed Act in respect of which the authorised officer is appointed; and

(b)        to assist in detecting offences committed under this Act or any prescribed Act in respect of which the authorised officer is appointed; and

(c)        to assist the Authority generally, as the Authority sees fit in the administration of this Act and any prescribed Act in respect of which the authorised officer is appointed; and

(d)       any other function conferred on, or assigned to, the authorised officer by or under this Act or any prescribed Act in respect of which the authorised officer is appointed.

        (2)        If an authorised officer becomes aware of an irregularity, deficiency or statutory default in relation to an operation authorised under this Act or a prescribed Act in respect of which the authorised officer is appointed, the officer must make a written report on the irregularity, deficiency or default to the Authority.

Powers of authorised officers

18.    An authorised officer may, for the performance of the authorised officer’s functions —

(a)        require a person to state the person’s full name and place of residence and to produce evidence of the person’s identity; or

(b)        require a person to produce, or answer questions about, any equipment or other item, or any books, papers or documents in the person’s possession; or

(c)        inspect any equipment or other item; or

(d)       inspect any books, papers or documents and take copies of, or extracts from, them; or

(e)        enter any premises —

(i)            with the consent of the occupier; or

(ii)           accompanying a police officer who has a lawful right to enter the premises,

and seize any equipment or other item, or any books, papers or documents, on those premises that the authorised officer considers will afford evidence of the commission of an offence; or

(f)        by written notice, require a person to attend before the authorised officer at a specified time and place and answer questions.

Hindrance, etc, of authorised officers

19.   (1)        A person must not —

(a)        hinder or obstruct an authorised officer in the exercise of the authorised officer’s powers under this Act or any prescribed Act; or

(b)        assault, or use abusive, threatening or insulting language to an authorised officer when the authorised officer is exercising the authorised officer’s powers under this Act or any prescribed Act; or

(c)        refuse or fail to comply with a reasonable requirement or direction given by an authorised officer under this Act or any prescribed Act; or

(d)       when required by an authorised officer under this Act or any prescribed Act to answer a question, fail to answer that question to the best of the person’s knowledge, information and belief; or

(e)        falsely represent, by words or conduct, that he or she is an authorised officer.

            Penalty:     100 penalty units or 12 months imprisonment or both.

        (2)        A person must, on request by an authorised officer, facilitate the exercise of the authorised officer’s powers under any prescribed Act.

            Penalty:     50 penalty units.

part 4  —  miscellaneous

Privilege

20.    A person is not excused from complying with an obligation under this Act, or any prescribed Act, to —

(a)        answer a question; or

(b)        produce any equipment or other item, or any books, papers or documents,

under this section on grounds of the privilege against self incrimination, or legal professional privilege,

but

if a person claims privilege in respect of an answer, it will not be admissible against the person —

(c)        in criminal proceedings (except in proceedings for perjury); or

(d)       in respect of a claim of privilege based on legal professional privilege, in civil proceedings in which the person would be entitled to claim legal professional privilege.

Documents held in computers

21.    In this Act, or any prescribed Act —

(a)        a reference to a document includes a disk, tape or other article from which information is capable of being reproduced (with or without the aid of another article or device); and

(b)        an obligation to produce a document constituted by such a disk, tape or other article includes an obligation to reproduce the information contained in that disk, tape or other article in an understandable form, and, on request, to provide a permanent written copy of that document.

Probity obligations

22.    (1)        An authorised officer must not engage in gaming activity to which the Authority’s statutory responsibilities extend.

Penalty:     100 penalty units or 12 months imprisonment or both.

         (2)        An authorised officer must —

(a)        disclose in writing to the Authority a conflict in respect of that person’s duties under this Act, or any prescribed Act, arising out of any direct or indirect financial or personal interest of the person; and

(b)        comply with any written direction given by the Authority in respect of that interest.

Penalty:     100 penalty units or 12 months imprisonment or both.

        (3)        It is a defence to a charge of an offence against subsection 22(2) for the defendant to prove that he or she was not, at the time of the alleged offence, aware of his or her interest in a matter.

Restriction on actions

23.    No action, suit or proceeding may be commenced—

(a)        against the Minister, the Administration or the Authority in respect of any act done, or omitted to be done; or

(b)        against any person as the agent or employee of the Administration or the Authority in respect of any act done, or omitted to be done, by that person,

in good faith in the performance, or purported performance, of a function under this or any prescribed Act and, in particular but without limitation, for compensation in relation to the cancellation, suspension or variation of the terms or conditions of any licence granted under any prescribed Act.

Secrecy

24.    (1)        A person who acquires information in the exercise of a function under this Act or any prescribed Act must not make a record of the information or divulge the information to another person, except in the exercise of functions under this Act or a prescribed Act.

Penalty:     100 penalty units or imprisonment for 12 months or both.

        (2)        Despite subsection 24(1), information may be divulged —

(a)        to a particular person if the Minister certifies that it is necessary in the public interest that the information be divulged to the person; or

(b)        to a prescribed person.

        (3)        A relevant person is, in respect of information divulged under subsection 24(2), subject to the same rights, privileges and duties under this section as the person would be if the person had acquired the information in the exercise of a function under this Act or a prescribed Act.

        (4)        A person cannot be required —

(a)        to produce in any court a document or other thing that has come into the person’s possession, custody or control by reason of, or in the course of, the exercise of the person’s functions under this Act; or

(b)        to divulge to any court information that has come to the person’s notice in the exercise of the person’s functions under this Act,

unless —

(c)        the Minister certifies that the production or divulgence is necessary in the public interest; or

(d)       that production or divulgence is required under the regulations.

        (5)        If —

(a)        a law enforcement agency has provided information or a document for the purposes of this or any prescribed Act; and

(b)        the law enforcement agency has requested that the information or document be kept confidential on the ground that its disclosure might —

(i)            prejudice present or future investigations or legal proceedings; or

(ii)           create a risk of loss, harm or undue distress to any person,

the Minister must, in determining for the purposes of this section whether to issue a certification in respect of that information or document, consult with the law enforcement agency and take into account any views expressed by the law enforcement agency on the matter.

        (6)        In this section —

“court” includes any tribunal, authority or person having power to require the production of documents or the answering of questions;

“produce” includes permit access to;

“relevant person” means —

(a)     a person to whom information is divulged under subsection 24(2); or

(b)     a person employed by, or under the control of, a person referred to in paragraph 24(6)(a).

25  Commonwealth Minister may give directions to the Authority

             (1)  The Commonwealth Minister may, by legislative instrument, give written directions of a general or specific nature to the Authority about the performance of any of the Authority’s functions or duties, or the performance of any of the Director’s functions or duties.

             (2)  Without limiting subsection (1), a direction under that subsection may require the following:

                     (a)  the Authority to arrange for an external audit of the operations of the Authority or Director;

                     (b)  the Authority or the Director not to perform, or to no longer perform, one or more functions or duties.

             (3)  The Authority must comply with a direction under subsection (1).

Regulations

26.    (1)        The Administrator may make Regulations, not inconsistent with this Act, prescribing matters —

(a)        required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed; or

(b)        necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act,

including Regulations —

(c)        providing for the delegation of the functions and powers of the Authority under this Act or any prescribed Act; or

(d)       deeming requirements issued by the Authority or an authorised officer in a manner specified in the Regulations to have been communicated to the person to whom they were issued; or

(e)        providing that evidence may be given by certificate about the exercise or non-exercise of a power or function under this or a prescribed Act.

               (2)        The Regulations may prescribe penalties not exceeding 50 penalty units for a contravention of the Regulations.


 

NOTES

The Gaming Supervision Act 1998 as shown in this consolidation comprises Act No. 4 of 1998 and amendments as indicated in the Tables below.

Enactment

Number and year

Date of commencement

Application saving or transitional provision

Gaming Supervision Act 1998

4, 1998

23.4.98

27

[NB – transitional section now deleted]

 

 

 

 

Gaming Supervision Amendment Act 1999

6, 1999

29.4.99

 

 

 

 

 

Gaming Supervision Amendment (No. 2) Act 1999

24, 1999

2.12.99

 

 

 

 

 

[previously consolidated as at 10 March 2000]

 

 

 

 

Interpretation (Amendment) Act 2012

[to substitute throughout —Commonwealth Minister for Minister; and to substitute Minister for executive member]

14, 2012

28.12.12

 

 

[Previously consolidated as at 28 January 2014]

 

 

Ordinance

Registration

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provision

Norfolk Island Continued Laws Amendment Ordinance 2015
(No. 2, 2015)
(now cited as Norfolk Island Continued Laws  Ordinance 2015 (see F2015L01491))

17 June 2015 (F2015L00835)

Sch 1 (items 101, 344, 345): 18 June 2015 (s 2(1) item 1)

Sch 1 (items 344, 345)
Sch 1 (items 359–362) (ad by  F2017L00367, Sch 1 (item 7))

as amended by

 

 

 

Norfolk Island Continued Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 1) Ordinance 2015
(No. 10, 2015)

14 Dec 2015 (F2015L01994)

Sch 3 (item 2): 15 Dec 2015 (s 2(1) item 2)

Norfolk Island Continued Laws Amendment (2016 Measures No. 2) Ordinance 2016
(No. 5, 2016)

10 May 2016 (F2016L00751)

Sch 4 (item 5): 11 May 2016 (s 2(1) item 3)

Sch 4 (item 21): 1 July 2016 (s 2(1) item 4)

Norfolk Island Continued Laws Amendment (Gaming Authority) Rules 2017

31 Mar 2017 (F2017L00367)

Sch 1 (items 1, 7): 1 Apr 2017 (s 2(1) item 1)

 

Table of Amendments

ad = added or inserted

am = amended

rep = repealed

rs = repealed and substituted

Provisions affected         How affected

4

am

Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by F2017L00367)

6

am

14, 2012

 

rs

Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by F2017L00367)

7

am

14, 2012; Ord No 2, 2015

 

rep

Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by F2017L00367)

8

am

6, 1999

 

rep

Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by F2017L00367)

9

rep

Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by F2017L00367)

10

am

14, 2012; Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by Ord No 5, 2016)

 

rep

Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by F2017L00367)

11

am

14, 2012; Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by F2017L00367)

12

am

14, 2012

13

am

Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by F2017L00367)

14

rep

Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by F2017L00367)

Part 3

 

 

Part 3 heading

rs

Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by F2017L00367)

15

am

14, 2012

 

rep

Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by F2017L00367)

16

am

14, 2012

22

am

Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by F2017L00367)

23

rs

24, 1999

 

am

Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by F2017L00367)

24

am

24, 1999; 14, 2012

25

rep

24, 1999

 

ad

Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by Ord No 10, 2015)

 

am

Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by Ord No 5, 2016)

26

am

6, 1999; Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by F2017L00367)