Catherine Myers steps down as CEO of Victoria’s VCGLR

The VCGLR was criticised for its regulation of Crown Melbourne.
The VCGLR was criticised for its regulation of Crown Melbourne.

Catherine Myers has resigned as chief executive officer of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation. A new Independent Casino Commission will be created next year.

Australia.- Catherine Myers has resigned as CEO of Victoria’s regulator the VCGLR ahead of the creation of a new Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCC), which will replace the regulator from next year. Myers was in the position for seven years but faced criticism during the Royal Commission into Crown Melbourne.

The Royal Commission looked into whether the regulator had failed in its role regulating the casino, but QC Ian Freckelton concluded that there was no evidence of corruption and wrongdoing at the VCGLR.

Scott May will replace Myers as VCLR CEO. He has previously worked as general counsel and executive director of regulatory policy and legal services.

Ross Kennedy, VCGLR chair, thanked Myers. He said: “she had implemented sweeping cultural reform and strengthened compliance and regulatory activities, leading an organisation committed to service delivery, integrity and regulating to minimise harm.”

A new regulator is expected to be launched on January 1, 2022. In August, Melissa Horne, the state’s minister for consumer affairs, gaming and liquor regulation, said the VGCC would be stricter than the VCFLR and it wouldn’t tolerate unethical practices. 

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