Regulatory Regimes Preventing the Infiltration of Organised Crime into Lawful Occupations and Industries

In recent years, there's been a growing recognition that organised crime groups use lawful occupations and industires as a cover for their illicit activities. So, in October 2014, the Commission was asked to examine and report on how new regulatory regimes might better prevent criminal organisations from infiltrating occupations and industries. 

Regulatory regimes consist of the laws, regulations, policies and instruments that govern the entry into and conduct within a particular industry. They include licensing, registration requirements and fit-and-proper-person tests. 

The VLRC reviewed 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.
From a consultation paper in June 2015 requesting submissions, the Commission received 32 written responses. It also set up an advisory committee of relevant experts and consulted widely with a number of key stakeholders.
 
The Commission's report, tabled in Parliament on 25 May 2016, concluded that there is no 'one-size-fits-all approach' to industry regulation and regulatory responses to infiltration by organised crime must be considered on an industry-to-industry basis. The link to the full report is below.
 
Implementation

22 May 2018 - Cash for scrap metal ban comes into effect.

27 October 2016 - Final report of the Victorian Inquiry into Labour Hire and Insecure Work tabled in Parliament.  The Government responded with support to regulate the industry, including setting up a licensing scheme to ensure all labour hire operators are licensed. 

26 September 2017 - Justice Legislation Amendment (Protective Services Officers and Other Matters) Act 2017 assented.  The legislation further regulates the scrap metal industry, including the banning of cash payments. 

Timeline

Current: Table in parliament

Full timeline:

Reference
Consultation
Submissions
Final report
Tabled in parliament
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Project Publications

Regulatory Regimes and Organised Crime: submissions received

The Commission received 32 submissions to its review of Regulatory Regimes in Preventing the Infiltration of Organised Crime into Lawful Occupations...

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Regulatory Regimes and Organised Crime: Report (pdf)

The Commission's report, The Use of Regulatory Regimes in Preventing the Infiltration of Organised Crime covers a wide range of schemes such as...

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Regulatory Regimes and Organised Crime: Report (html)

The Commission's report, The Use of Regulatory Regimes in Preventing the Infiltration of Organised Crime covers a wide range of schemes such as...

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Regulatory Regimes and Organised Crime: Consultation Paper (pdf)

The Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) published a consultation paper in June 2015 on its review of regulatory regimes to prevent organised crime...

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Regulatory Regimes and Organised Crime: Consultation Paper (html)

The Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) published a consultation paper in June 2015 on its review of regulatory regimes to prevent organised crime...

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Use of Regulatory Regimes in Preventing the Infiltration of Organised Crime into Lawful Occupations and Industries: Terms of Reference

TERMS OF REFERENCE The Victorian Law Reform Commission is asked to review and report on the use of regulatory regimes to help prevent organised crime...

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