Leading Australian gambling law, regulatory, and compliance advisory Senet has announced the launch of a new compliance accreditation aimed at protecting gaming organizations and venues, their customers and communities against gambling-related harm and money laundering.
Known as Senet Assure and Senet Assure Premium, the compliance accreditation follows a recent warning by the NSW Crime Commission that the Australian economy could become a greater target for financial crime due to its successful management of COVID 19, and concerns that poker machines may be exploited as a money laundering option for criminals.
The same concerns were expressed on Wednesday by Philip Crawford, chair of the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority, while talking to media about the findings of the Bergin Report into Crown Resorts.
Senet regulatory and gambling specialist Paul Newson said the certification addresses the distinct challenges facing the industry in 2021.
“The certification will only be awarded to operators who can demonstrate the highest level of vigilance,” Newson said.
“Our team has developed this accreditation based on our deep knowledge of the complexities and challenges in 2021 facing gambling operators committed to responsible gambling outcomes and staying a step ahead of criminal activity.
“The accreditation is a way for industry leaders to demonstrate they are meeting the highest standards of accountability and exceeding best practice in protecting their customers and their staff in cultivating a workplace culture of compliance and social responsibility.”
As well as safeguarding corporate reputation and minimizing the risks of gambling harm and financial crime, Newson said achieving accreditation via the program developed by his team would demonstrate an organization’s commitment to responsible gambling culture.