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Director General Lanie Chopping with Dr Michael Schaper

Photo: Director General Lanie Chopping with Dr Michael Schaper the new Chair of WA’s Gaming and Wagering Commission

The PCRC made a finding that the chairperson of the GWC should be independent and have sound governance and/or regulatory skills and experience. WA’s casino laws were changed to allow for the independent chairperson to be appointed by the Minister for Racing and Gaming.

Dr Michael Theodore Schaper has extensive leadership and governance experience across business, regulation, government, professional associations, and academia. Dr Schaper is a national board member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is Chair of the Australian Taxation Office’s Shadow Economy Advisory Forum. His previous appointments include Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Small Business Commissioner for the Australian Capital Territory, and CEO/board member of several peak industry and professional associations.

The independent Chair replaces the Director General (DG) of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries who had served as GWC chairperson in addition to their DG role.

The PCRC inquired into the affairs of Crown Casino Perth and reported on the suitability of the licensee and on the regulatory framework and matters that might enhance the Gaming and Wagering Commission's future capability and effectiveness as a statutory authority.

Dr Schaper’s term as GWC Chair is for three years. In addition to this appointment, two board members — former PCRC Commissioner and ex Auditor General Colin Murphy and consultant Director Katie Hodson-Thomas — have been reappointed to the GWC Board until June 2025.

Gaming and Wagering Commission


Page reviewed 27 February 2023