Effective date: 27 April 2011
Last amended: 2 August 2019
Next review: August 2021
This policy is designed to provide information in regard to the subject matter covered, and with the understanding that the Gaming and Wagering Commission is not passing legal opinion or interpretation or other professional advice. The information is provided on the understanding that all persons undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its contents.
The purpose of this policy is to:
- provide guidance to the Casino Operator and persons wishing to be employed as Security Officers by the Casino Operator as to the licensing requirements of the Gaming and Wagering Commission (the Commission);
- establish a process of the Commission not requiring a probity check for the purposes of determining an application for a casino employee or casino key employee licence where an applicant has obtained a licence under the Security and Related Activities (Control) Act 1996 (the Security Act); and
- detail the obligations of the Casino Operator and Security Officers should the licence issued to a Security Officer under the Security Act be revoked.
Licensing of security officers
To work at the Casino as a Security Officer all persons must hold a licence under both the Casino Control (Burswood Island) (Licensing of Employees) Regulations 1985 (casino employee regulations) and the Security Act.
This Policy sets out the licensing requirements of persons wishing to be employed as a Security Officer by the Casino Operator.
Casino Control Act 1984
Section 37 of the Casino Control Act 1984 (the Casino Act) provides for the making of regulations in respect of the licensing of casino staff.
The casino employee regulations specify the requirements and conditions for Security Officers to obtain and retain a “casino employee” or “casino key employee” licence.
A casino employee is defined under section 3 of the Casino Act as a:
“person employed or working in a licensed casino whose duties or responsibilities relate to or are in support of the licensed casino.”
A casino key employee is defined under section 3 of the Casino Act as a:
“person employed or working in a licensed casino in a managerial capacity or empowered to make decisions, involving the exercise of his discretion, that regulate the operation of a licensed casino; or
who the Commission determines in the public interest by reason of his influence, remuneration or function, should be designated as such.”
As part of these conditions, regulation 5 of the casino employee regulations permits the Chief Casino Officer to submit the particulars of any casino employee and casino key employee applicant to the Western Australia Police for a probity check.
Security and Related Activities (Control) Act 1996
The Security Act is administered by the Western Australia Police and requires all persons involved in the roles of Security Officer, Crowd Control or other related activities, as defined in that Act (which includes Security Officers at the Casino), to be licensed under the Security Act.
The security licensing process involves a probity check of the applicant, which is undertaken by the Western Australia Police. Based on the probity check and other criteria deemed to be relevant, the Western Australia Police will determine whether to issue a licence pursuant to the Security Act.
Application for casino employee/key employee licence security officer
In those instances where a person lodges an application with the Commission to become a Security Officer under the casino employee regulations and the applicant has already obtained a licence under the Security Act, a further probity check pursuant to regulation 5 of the casino employee regulations will not be required for the purposes of obtaining a casino employee or casino key employee licence.
In this instance, the applicant must submit a copy of the current licence issued to them under the Security Act with their application for a “casino employee or casino key employee licence”.
An applicant will not be granted a casino employee or casino key employee licence for a security related position, if they have not already obtained a licence under the Security Act. It should be noted that the Commission may consider any other information deemed relevant in determining whether to issue a casino employee or casino key employee licence.
Licensed security officers
A licence issued under the Security Act may be revoked for a range of reasons described under the Security Act. Should this occur, or should a licence fail to be renewed, the following should occur:
- The security officer must immediately cease being employed as a security officer and not take up any position (licensed or unlicensed) in the security and surveillance areas of the casino operator; and
- The casino operator and security officer must within 7 days thereafter inform the Chief Casino Officer in writing of the licence being revoked.
The Commission may then, pursuant to regulation 15(a) of the casino employee regulations, cancel or suspend the casino employee or casino key employee licence if the Commission forms the opinion that the holder is not a fit and proper person to continue to hold the licence.
Gaming and Wagering Commission of Western Australia