Legislative Council: Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Adelaide Casino

In reply to the Hon. C. BONAROS ().26 September 2023).

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): The Minister for Consumer and Business Affairs has advised:

As the honourable member is aware, on 23 August 2023, the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner (commissioner), approved the appointment of internationally respected risk and financial consultancy firm, Kroll Australia Pty Ltd (Kroll), as the Independent Monitor of SkyCity Adelaide Pty Ltd (SkyCity Adelaide).

Kroll is a leading global provider of compliance, risk and investigative services with offices in 30 countries around the globe. The team monitoring the Adelaide Casino has worked with AUSTRAC in the past, are experts in providing fraud, compliance and risk management solutions, and have extensive experience ensuring casinos are fulfilling their regulatory requirements, most recently after being appointed by the NSW regulator as the Independent Monitor of Crown Sydney Casino.

Importantly, Kroll is required to report to the commissioner any breaches of SkyCity Adelaide's ongoing regulatory obligations with respect to anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws and addressing gambling related harm.

Inspectors from Consumer and Business Services are currently undertaking daily inspections of the Adelaide Casino. These inspections include checks on a variety of compliance matters including anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing procedures, as well as gambling harm minimisation measures.

These inspections, combined with the oversight of the Independent Monitor, ensure that SkyCity Adelaide is under greater scrutiny than ever before.

In response to the member's question regarding SkyCity's plans to sell its Adelaide operations and matters relating to its New Zealand operations, I can advise the honourable member, I am not aware of such plans by SkyCity in relation to its Adelaide operations at this time and the commissioner is aware of the allegations that SkyCity Auckland had failed to comply with host responsibility requirements.