AUSTRAC and VGCCC sign new cooperation agreement against financial crime

The new Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCCC) was launched on January 1.
The new Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCCC) was launched on January 1.

The regulators have signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at strengthening their efforts against financial crime.

Australia.- The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) and the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCCC) have signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). They aim to continue cooperating in the fight against financial crimes by sharing information and strengthening the gambling sector against criminal abuse.

AUSTRAC CEO Nicole Rose said: “The impact on the community of criminals exploiting the gambling industry to launder the proceeds of serious crime cannot be underestimated. It is critical for AUSTRAC and its state and territory-based regulatory and Government partners to work together to ensure the gambling industry is hardened against misuse by criminals.”

Adam Ockwell, VGCCC executive director of compliance, added: “Having faster access to AUSTRAC’s financial intelligence will strengthen our work in identifying any emerging financial crime issues so we can take appropriate regulatory action, including education measures, to minimise harm, protect the community and ensure the integrity of the gambling industries in Victoria.”

The VGCC was launched on January 1. Its CEO is Annette Kimmitt, who was CEO and managing partner of Australia’s largest law firm, MinterEllison, between October 2018 and March 2021.

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