By Vanessa Cavasinni, editor Australian Hotelier

The Victorian State Government has announced a funding boost for regional compliance officers.

The Government is giving the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) and extra $11.3 million to fund a permanent regional presence with extra compliance officers for liquor and gaming venues in regional Victoria.

Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz made the announcement today while meeting with members of the VCGLR, the Greater Bendigo Council and Victoria Police.

“The Andrews Labor Government supports a thriving liquor and gambling industry, but strong regulation is needed to minimise harm to the community,” stated Kairouz.

“With this funding we are reinstating regional inspectors to ensure all businesses do the right thing.” 

The Government stated that the extra inspectors were needed to deal with “high levels of alcohol misuse” and problem gambling in rural areas. Currently two locations for these regional hubs are being finalised, where compliance officers can travel from. The officers are expected establish relationships with licensees, police and local councils to minimise harm, and to ensure that venues are compliant.

VCGLR CEO, Catherine Myers, stated that with the extra funds, regional venues can expect more regular visits from compliance officers.

“This funding boost means there will be more inspections, more often and in more venues across the entire state.”

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