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Drafting Notes
 

Our extensive experience in all aspects of regulated gambling includes working with senior policy officers, industry, and law-makers - provide concise drafting instructions for legislation and regulations.

This assists in ensuring the intent of government and its policy advisors is enacted in effective legislation, in a timely manner.

Many of our consultants have experience in preparing Parliamentary Counsel drafting notes for gaming legislation; briefing Ministers; Cabinet and sitting in Assembly sessions as resident technical experts.

We have appeared before Senate Select Committees and other Parliamentary enquiries as a result of our acknowledged expertise.

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Casinos
 

Drafting Notes

Our extensive experience in all aspects of regulated gambling includes working with senior policy officers, industry, and law-makers - provide concise drafting instructions for legislation and regulations.

This assists in ensuring the intent of government and its policy advisors is enacted in effective legislation, in a timely manner.

Many of our consultants have experience in preparing Parliamentary Counsel drafting notes for gaming legislation; briefing Ministers; Cabinet and sitting in Assembly sessions as resident technical experts.

We have appeared before Senate Select Committees and other Parliamentary enquiries as a result of our acknowledged expertise.

Casino Operator Selection

Our principal consultants have experience in the whole casino process, from the perspective of government and regulation.

This includes regulatory philosophy, legislation development, establishing regulatory regimes, operator tender management, etc.

Effective tenders are important to ensure government policies are able to be implemented by the ultimate commercial entities involved in the gambling industry.  Gaming Associates' offers independent expertise to governments and regulators throughout the casino life-cycle.

Casino Regulatory Development

Gaming Associates have consulted to regulatory authorities in relation to effective casino regulation since our inception.  Our principal consultants have been devising, implementing, and managing casino regulation for decades.

We also provide regulatory reviews.  Our broad international experience over decades means we provide expert consultation enabling regulators to have the most appropriate regulatory model for their needs.  This is achieved from development, or through reviews and enhancements to mature regulatory methods.

Gaming Associates offers independent expertise to governments and regulators throughout the casino life-cycle.

Support & Training

Gaming Associates lead the world in effective gambling regulation methodologies.

We provide on-site training for officers or regulatory authorities, relating to all aspects of regulated gambling industries.

Our training programmes allow regulatory agencies to benefit from our decades of experience and contemporary knowledge.  From 24 x7 hour on-site inspectorate regimes, to formal risk management based regulation - we customise training to met each client's needs.

This enables regulators to effectively manage the day-to-day operational matters and keep on top of the latest global trends in regulation.

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Casino Regulation Policy-to-Control
 

Gaming Associates offers a proven policy-to-policy-to-control service.

We have developed a tool set which facilitates the formal definition of abstract policies.  Abstract policies might be viewed as the policies articulated by governments and gambling Commissions.

These policies are further refined, in our tool set, to detailed policies of the regulatory enforcement body.  From these detailed policies our tools provide guidance to more specific directions, licence conditions, procedural requirements, etc, etc.

For regulators this service assists government instrumentalities make the case for world's best-practice and demonstrate regulatory control systems to ensure effective revenue calculation, player fairness, and anti-money laundering (per FATF Forty recommendations).

For operators and licensees this service provides evidence of compliance, minimizing costs associated with approval and demonstrates governance which protects the interests of investors or attracts new investment.  The information governance provided under this service assist organizations seeking an initial public offering (IPO).

" This is the best regulatory plan I have seen ", Gary Moriarty Director of Licensing - Racing Gaming & Licensing Division (NT) (25+ years casino and gaming regulator) referring to regulatory methodology developed by Gaming Associates.  " The formal mapping of policies to controls has assisted us in developing a world class compliance programme ", Graham Gorrie - Group Compliance Manager TAB Limited.

Consulting to regulatory authorities in relation to effective gambling regulation is a core competency, undertaken since our inception in 1998.  Our experts in this field were summonsed before the 1999 Senate Select Committee into Australia's Online Gambling Industries as interactive gaming experts.  No other consultant or organization operating in the world today was so summoned despite a presence in Australia at the time.

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Risk Management

 

The Gaming Associates (ga) formal risk management methodology is compliant with the world's best-practice AS/NZS4360, and other international risk management guidance.

ga databases include thousands of policy objectives, associated threats and vulnerabilities, and controls.

ga consultants are accredited as certified information systems security professionals and recognised against ISO/IEC 17024 and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).  Our team includes the world's first interactive gaming regulator and risk management experts.

Some traditional test laboratories profit from excessive reliance on preventative pre-approval controls such as systems testing.  This method of control represents an unsustainable burden on the regulated industry.

Instead, our balanced team of experts allows the development of well balanced risk management approach to gambling regulation.

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Standards Development
 

Gaming Associates has significant experience developing and amending comprehensive technical standards documents for regulatory authorities and Commissions.  Published standards relate to slot machines, slot machine systems, jackpot systems, lotteries, internet gaming, internet poker, internet Mah Jong, internet wagering, bet exchanges , lottery systems, pari-mutuel systems, fixed price betting systems, and bet exchanges .

ga consultants have been developing technical standards and control requirements for gambling industries for more than 15 years.  We are recognized as world leaders in the development of contemporary standards.  Our principal Standards architect was summonsed as an expert witness before the 1999 Australian Senate Select Committee into Australia's Online Gambling Industries.  Recognition that he is the only practicing consultant sufficiently expert in interactive gambling regulation to warrant summonsing as a witness (other consulting organisations were active in Australia at the time but not recognised as sufficiently expert).  Other technical standards architects are accredited against ISO/IEC 17024 and are recognised by the American National Standards Institute as accredited information systems security experts.

Existing internet gambling and technical standards in the following jurisdictions are derivatives of standards devised by a Gaming Associates consultant: Northern Territory of Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory, Alderney, Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake, Vanuatu, and the AUS Model being adapted by IAGR (International Association of Gambling Regulators) interactive working party.

Needs and policies vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, thus our standards are developed in conjunction with appropriate policy makers.  We document the regulatory policies and objectives, which apply in the customer jurisdiction.  Our risk management techniques ensure standards are sensitive to regulatory priorities and industry realities.  Our standards and requirements are affordable and represent sustainable controls for responsible industry.

ga is expert in the application of formal risk management techniques, and combined with our regulatory, business, and technical expertise we provide jurisdictions with the optimum Technical Standards or Control Requirements for their specific needs.

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Test Laboratory
 

Gaming Associates (ga) is a world leader in advanced technology-based e-commerce and gambling systems testing.  ga tests gaming, wagering and non-gambling systems using stringent audit, analysis, and testing procedures for several years.  Our consultants have been testing and certifying internet gambling systems longer than any others (genuine world leaders).  Our evaluations are specifically designed to address the complexities of (and the security issues associated with) interactive gambling systems (IGSs) and other systems operating in hostile environments.

ga consultants have been involved with the interactive gaming industry since the mid-1990s - longer than any other consulting or testing team.  During this time we have developed comprehensive Interactive Gaming Standards, Internal Controls and Operating Procedures.  ga offers an international service for the evaluation, testing and certification of IGSs.  This certification provides an assurance to regulators, operators, and players that the IGS is fair, secure, and has been tested to the appropriate standards.

Only ga consultants are accredited against ISO/IEC 17024 and recognised by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) - information systems security.  If you're serious about accredited certification, then ga is the company for you.  Our internationally accredited consultants can assist your organization in realizing the full potential of internet or intranet technologies.  Services offered by ga include:

ga evaluation consultants are expert in information security, analysis, testing, and evaluation.  Interactive gambling systems are considered in a holistic manner and against specific mandatory requirements where they exist (or best-practice or accepted-practice depending on client requirements).  Our expertise in complex gambling systems is second to none.  Our highly qualified consultants are recognised against world's best practice accreditation information security standards.

ga evaluation and assessment of complex e-commerce gambling systems, provide all stakeholders with positive assurance that risk is adequately controlled.  We provide independent assurance to regulatory authorities that its policy (integrity, confidentiality, availability, fairness, etc) requirements are achieved by proposed systems.

ga 's highly qualified consultants provide regulators with assurance relating to proposed systems' compliance with:

  • world's best practice

  • consultant accreditation recognised by ANSI

  • mandatory requirements

  • game math and compliance

  • player protection

  • random number generation

  • etc

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Project Management
 

Gaming Associates (ga) consultants have managed small and large scale regulated gambling projects since 1990.

ga provide expert project management services for regulatory authorities.  This enables regulators to either establish post-project operational capabilities, or continue with normal operational regulation.

Remuneration for project costs are often subject to cost-recovery from the applicant.  Thus this service has proven to be particularly useful in allowing regulators to meet performance targets without threatening budgets.

Also, the regulatory authority does not need to recruit to fulfil the specialised skills necessary for project management, when projects have a finite and relatively short life-cycle.

ga utilise world's best practice, proven project management principles consistent with the Project Management Institutes' guidelines and other international standards.  Our unique business and regulation expertise allows project management to remain on top of potential issues throughout the project life-cycle enhancing the probability of successful conclusion.

Regulators experience minimal disruption and are left with fully trained operational staff as the project ends and routine regulation commences.

ga have successfully project managed dozens of gambling regulation projects.

The ga team includes the world's most experienced internet gaming tester and other testers with many years advanced e-commerce gambling experience.

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Regulatory Methodology
 

Gaming Associates (ga) offer different jurisdictions, customized regulatory methodologies per a broad risk management template, to meet specific needs.  The ga team includes the world's first interactive gambling regulator (Centrebet 1994 and Lasseters 1998).

ga have experience working with gambling regulators, and their officers, around the world - since 1990.

ga's structured risk management tools include options which assist each regulator tailor the regulatory programme, which best fits their needs.

ga can facilitate methodology definition or provide an appropriate structure for consideration.

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Support & Training
 

Gaming Associates is a world leader in effective gambling regulation methodologies - we offer training for regulatory staff in all contemporary matters from e-commerce primers to detailed technical education.

Through our relationship with Risk Associates (see www.riskassociates.com.au) we offer International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. - (ISC)2 - accredited Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) education for CISSP candidates.  CISSP is accredited against ISO/IEC17024 information systems security and recognised by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

We also offer formal AS/NZS4360 Risk management training and accredited Methodware Enterprise Risk Assessor (ERA) training (see www.methodware.com)

We provide on-site training for officers or regulatory authorities, relating to all aspects of regulated gambling industries. This training enables regulators to effectively manage the day-to-day regulation of industries within their jurisdiction.

This on-site training allows regulators to continue their operational duties, without diversion to less frequently required tasks - leading to efficiencies.

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Advanced Empirical Gambling Evaluation & Analysis System (AEGEAS)
 

Gaming Associates (ga)  have implemented an Advanced Empirical Gambling Evaluation & Analysis System (AEGEAS).  This service provides the world's most advanced empirical gambling evaluation analysis system, our scales of economy mean that these advanced services are now available to gambling regulators and operators in a cost-effective way.

This state-of-the-art detection tool provides cost-effective controls, which detect anomalies.  Appropriate regulation includes detection-type controls over and above preventative-type controls (e.g. testing).

The Advanced Empirical Gambling Evaluation & Analysis System (AEGEAS) is customised to monitor and evaluate matters depending on the needs of each customer whether a regulator of operator.  Interactive gaming operators have used a cut down version of AEGEAS to detect internal fraud, and provide independent assurance to customers of game fairness (game symbols, no player collusion, etc).  Interactive gaming regulators utilise AEGEAS to monitor:

  • fairness

  • money laundering

  • player collusion

  • customer entitlement protection

Regulators are then able to issue appropriate certificates for licensees subjected to this scheme and provide to licensees, who in turn provide assurance to players and investors of appropriate governance and operation.

ga developed AEGEAS, based  on the collaboration of more than 15 consecutive years successfully analysing technology-based gambling data and systems, PhD expert systems (artificial intelligence), and PhD statistics.

Importantly, ga is independent of any systems vendors or operators.  We have not received any support in our establishment or ongoing operation.  This is particularly important when considering the independence of our analysis and monitoring.  ga services stand apart from other monitoring solutions which do not have the same degree of vendor independence.

Thus ensuring real and artificial intelligence is applied to each business and industry - based on performance garnished from industries around the world.

This service is normally unattainable by individual regulatory authorities or operators.  However, we utilise our economies-of-scale to provide cost-effective services to all.

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