From the Minister

Message from the Attorney-General, Justice Minister and Leader of the House

The Hon Yvette D’Ath MP

 

Statistical report now available

I’m pleased to announce the release of the 2017-18 Statistical Report from the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation. The report provides an overview of figures relating to OLGR’s liquor, gaming, compliance and harm minimisation activities over the past 12 months.

From liquor licences to Gambling Community Benefit Fund applications and approvals, the report includes a wealth of data, and where relevant, highlights areas of industry trends, growth and change against data from previous years.  

Some key insights from this year’s statistics include:
  • Distributed $41M in Gambling Community Benefit Fund grants to 1876 community organisations  
  • 13,843 liquor applications processed
  • 11,400 liquor investigations and inspections
  • 734 gaming audits conducted
  • 8532 liquor licences (up 17 per cent over five years).
You can view the report online now at www.justice.qld.gov.au 

A fond farewell to the Commissioner

After about 40 years working for the Queensland Government, Commissioner for Liquor, Gaming and Fair Trading and Deputy Director-General David Ford will soon retire – to the sadness of the many people who have had the pleasure of working with him, myself included. 

As many of you know, after four decades of dedication to public service which has seen him hold a number of important roles, David will leave behind a lasting legacy. In addition to his current role, David has held a number of senior positions in government, including Executive Director of the former Queensland Office of Gaming Regulation and Deputy Under Treasurer of Queensland Treasury. In all of his roles, the direction he has set for the departments he has worked for has been forward-thinking, progressive and positive. 

His contribution to regulation in liquor, gaming and fair trading has earnt him high regard in these fields on the national stage, and seen him develop an international reputation, particularly regarding the regulation of gambling in its various forms. 

David has demonstrated a strong leadership role at the national level in consumer policy development. I would particularly like to acknowledge that under David’s stewardship, the gambling industry has matured and developed with a strong emphasis on responsible gambling and harm minimisation, and Queensland has developed an enviable international reputation for its regulatory expertise.

Some of his notable achievements include the restructuring of the regulatory arrangement of the gaming machine industry, including the introduction of a more equitable progressive tax system, withdrawal by the government from ownership of gaming machines, and electronic monitoring of gaming machines transferred to licensed private sector entities. He was also instrumental in the introduction of gaming machine caps and market-based redistribution schemes for both the hotel and club sectors. David facilitated the development and launch of the Queensland Responsible Gambling Strategy, as well as the release of the policy direction for gambling in Queensland.

I wish to express my sincere thanks to David for his many years of service and wish him well in his future endeavours as he enjoys more time for two of his passions – family and travelling.