ACA submission to the Productivity Commission

The Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into gambling came about as a result of a COAG decision to request the Commission to undertake an update of its 1999 Inquiry. The Productivity Commission’s Inquiry is timely, even if it is being conducted against a climate of economic instability brought about by the global financial crisis.


In the ten years since the last Inquiry, Australia’s casinos have continued to compete on a global footing for investment, for international customers and to create and maintain sustainable jobs.


Over the past decade the Australian casino industry has matured and much has changed since the Commission’s inquiry in 1999. The casino industry has taken on board the findings from the 1999 review by investing heavily in harm minimisation, skills and training.


Casinos have built proactive partnerships with State and Territory Governments and community organisations to tackle problem gambling. All State and Territory Governments have also introduced measures aimed at reducing problem gambling.


Australian casinos have implemented these measures and gone further by introducing additional voluntary measures to provide responsible gambling environments to ensure casino gaming is conducted in a responsible manner based on informed choice and appropriate consumer protection.


Inpreparing its submission to the Productivity Commission, the ACA commissioned the following reports:


In response to the Productivity Commission draft report, released on the 21 October 2009, the ACA submitted the following response:

How does a Productivity Commission Inquiry work?

The Productivity Commission conducts inquiries into a wide range of issues affecting Australians. The Treasurer, in consultation with other Ministers (and State and Territory governments where relevant), determines which inquiries the Commission willconduct and the terms of reference for each inquiry.


The terms of reference outline the specific areas that the inquiry will focus on. Anyone can contribute to a Productivity Commission Inquiry, by sending in a written submission or by attending hearings, workshops and other forums.


Productivity Commission Inquiries are designed to allow for all community members to have a chance to provide evidence, information or their opinion on a matter – as a result a wide range of opinions and experts can be drawn on to advise the Productivity Commission, who then makes recommendations to Government on the issue, based on the information gathered throughout the inquiry.


Outline of the Productivity Commission’s public inquiry process:  

1. The Australian Government decides to initiate an inquiry

2. The Treasurer or Assistant Treasurer sends a reference to the Commission

3. The Commission advertises the inquiry and calls for parties to register their interest

4. The Commission visits interested parties, distributes an issues paper to focusattention on the issues it considers relevant and invites written submissions

5. Depending on the reference, hearings or other consultative forums may be held

6. The Commission usually publishes a draft report or position paper and invites comments

7. Hearings are usually held on this preliminary report

8. A final report to the Government

9. Departmental consultations are held and the report is considered by relevant Ministers

10. The Treasurer or Assistant Treasurer tables the report in Parliament and may announce the Government’s decision on the report at that time or at a later date