The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

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System to improve gambling sector integrity


28 June 2010

An integrated on-line system to manage all gambling activity in the country’s 1470 pubs and clubs will improve the integrity of the class 4 gambling sector and the transparency of grants to the community, Internal Affairs Director of Gambling Compliance, Mike Hill said today.

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and Intralot NZ Ltd have signed a heads of agreement for an integrated gambling platform (IGP) that will complement the proven electronic monitoring (EMS) of 19,000 non-casino gaming machines. EMS became fully operational in March 2007 to track and monitor gaming machine operations in pubs and clubs, ensuring the integrity of games and the accurate accounting of money.

“EMS provided the Department with a significant system to improve compliance with the Gambling Act 2003,” Mike Hill said, “and the IGP project will expand our compliance capabilities further. There will also be benefits for the wider community through the provision of more transparent information about the gambling sector.”

The first results of the IGP will be seen next year when the Department and sector move from a paper-based licensing system to electronic licensing.

“This will bring efficiencies and enable the gambling sector to interact on-line with the Department,” Mike Hill said. “The current licensing system has reached the end of its useful life.

“The IGP will provide the Department with a web-enabled, rules-based e-licensing, systems integration, improved reporting and grants monitoring capability. It will give us a single view of how the cash flows through the gambling sector from money going into a pokie machine to its dissemination to the community for the purposes authorised under the Act.

“It will further support our approach of using the licensing system as a ‘gatekeeper’ to prevent inappropriate people entering the sector and enhance our investigations through better data collection, collation and integration.

”Increased returns to the community should also result through the sector gaining efficiencies under the IGP.”

The IGP will be a joint collaboration between the Department and Intralot, using existing infrastructure and resources wherever possible to assist in reducing costs and delivering additional business efficiencies.

“Several factors were involved in our decision to develop the IGP with Intralot including financial, leveraging off existing and proven systems, the early delivery of benefits to the community through improved information and reduced administrative sector costs and comprehensive, locally based project management,” Mike Hill said.

“We have each built on our experience with the development and running of EMS to produce an excellent, lower risk deal for both sides and for the wider community.”

INTRALOT Group General Director of Strategy, John Katakis, said: “We are really pleased with the extension of our contract in New Zealand, since it ratifies the trust and confidence on behalf of DIA. This is the result of the efficient and mutually beneficial cooperation we had with DIA in implementing successfully the EMS project and achieving a high level operating service performance out of EMS. The state-of-the-art services provided through EMS helped both DIA and the gambling sector to improve its efficiency in complying with the Gambling Act. We both believe that EMS will improve further the effectiveness, transparency, and integrity of the surveillance of the country’s gaming sector through the addition of the IGP services. Our dedicated teams both in New Zealand and Greece will work hard with the same commitment and methodology in cooperation with DIA, so as to provide a state-of-the-art integrated gambling platform.”

Media contact:
Mike Hill, Director of Gambling Compliance, Department of Internal Affairs,
ph 04 495 9449; cell 021 979 427
Trevor Henry, communications adviser, Department of Internal Affairs
Ph 04 495 7211; cell 0275 843 679