Philip Crawford, the current Chairperson of the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA), has been selected as Chief Commissioner of the NSW Independent Casino Commission (NICC).

The State’s Independent Casino Commission is taking shape ahead of its commencement next week, with five experienced Casino Commissioners appointed to lead the newly established organisation.

“Mr Crawford has a comprehensive understanding of the regulatory issues facing modern casinos and the need to fundamentally reset the way they operate,” said Kevin Anderson, Minister for Hospitality and Racing.

“Under his leadership, NSW casinos will be monitored in line with the new laws and face strong disciplinary action for compliance failures, past and present.

“Mr Crawford will be supported by four commissioners who will transition from ILGA. Janine Rolfe, Murray Smith, Craig Sahlin and Stephen Parbery all have experience in casino regulation and other regulated industries.

“The NICC formally begins operations on  September 5, and its most pressing task will be considering the findings of  Adam Bell SC’s Star review  and continuing the supervision and ongoing suitability assessment of Crown Sydney.”

The NICC was created under the Casino Control Act 1992 as a statutory authority with a high level of independence around decision-making on licensing and disciplinary matters.

“Mr Crawford will work full-time as Chief Commissioner and in this role will continue to support ILGA as an ordinary board member to ensure consistency in approach,” Mr Anderson said.

“The NICC will be a collaborative body, working with ILGA and Hospitality & Racing, and as part of a multi-agency coordination committee with NSW Police and the NSW Crime Commission to guide the regulatory efforts of both NICC and ILGA, and to identify potential law enforcement collaborations in areas such as money laundering.”