Gambling, Policy and the Law

Subject LAWS70388 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

September, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: The total class time is between 24 and 26 hours.
Total Time Commitment: Not available




Recommended Background Knowledge:

Applicants without legal qualifications should note that subjects are offered in the discipline of law at an advanced graduate level. While every effort will be made to meet the needs of students trained in other fields, concessions will not be made in the general level of instruction or assessment. Most subjects assume the knowledge usually acquired in a degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent). Applicants should note that admission to some subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters will be dependent upon the individual applicant’s educational background and professional experience.

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Core Participation Requirements:

The Melbourne Law Masters welcomes applications from students with disabilities. The inherent academic requirements for study in the Melbourne Law Masters are:

  • The ability to attend a minimum of 75% of classes and actively engage in the analysis of complex materials and debate;
  • The ability to read, analyse and comprehend complex written legal materials and complex interdisciplinary materials;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate in writing a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate orally a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to work independently and as a part of a group;
  • The ability to present orally and in writing legal analysis to a professional standard.

Students who feel their disability will inhibit them from meeting these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact the Disability Liaison Unit:


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Subject Overview:

Gambling is one of the most heavily regulated industry sectors in Australian society, yet is a leisure activity enjoyed by many Australians. This subject will provide background to the manner in which it is regulated in Australia, and internationally, and provide guidance on the challenges facing the sector and how it may be regulated in the future. The subject will also address emerging issues affecting the gambling sector, including the impact of new technologies and the globalisation of the industry.

The two lecturers are leaders in the field. Mr Jamie Nettleton is recognised internationally as a leading expert in legal issues relating to the gambling industry and advises all categories of operators within the gaming industry. Professor Rose is an internationally recognised scholar in the area with more than 1,500 published works and as a public speaker, often the keynote speaker on gambling issues.

Principal topics will include:

  • What is gambling?
  • The regulation of the Australian gambling sector
  • The policy, business and legal challenges posed to the success of the Australian gambling sector, both within Australia and from international sources
  • The best compliance model for the regulation of the sector.

A student who has successfully completed this subject should:

  • Understand the different sectors of the gambling industry (gaming, wagering, lotteries) and the manner in which they are regulated
  • Understand the challenges facing regulators and legislators in addressing issues arising from the conduct of a gambling business
  • Be able to apply the principles of regulation in conducting a gambling business.

10,000 word research paper (100%) (13 December) on a topic approved by the subject coordinator

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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