The Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) has released a consultation paper on its review of regulatory regimes to prevent organised crime infiltrating lawful occupations and industries. The focus of the review is on prevention, not remedy or correction.
Regulatory regimes include licensing, registration requirements and fit and proper person tests.
The VLRC is reviewing various lawful occupations and industries in Victoria and elsewhere:
· to find out which regulatory regimes are effective
· to develop principles for assessing the risk of organised crime infiltrating a lawful occupation or industry.
The consultation paper, on the VLRC’s website at lawreform.vic.gov.au, considers a range of lawful occupations and industries. They include labour hire, motor vehicle wreckers, debt collectors, private security, trucking and heavy haulage, legal sex work, tattoo studios, real estate, gaming, commercial fishing, waste management and professional sport.
The Commission is particularly interested in these and other industries that have licensing and other regulatory regimes to prevent infiltration by organised crime.
Chair of the VLRC Philip Cummins said: “We are not pointing the finger at any industry. We are interested in what works. We are looking at how regulation works across a range of industries, and we will come up with a set of general principles for effective regulation.”
The Commission is seeking public submissions by 3 August 2015. Submissions can be made via the Commission’s website.
For more information or an interview with the Hon. Philip Cummins AM please contact:
Nick Gadd, Communications Manager, Tel: 03 8608 7824 Mob: 0425 862 119.