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Norfolk Island Gaming Authority

The Norfolk Island Gaming Authority (NIGA) was established in 1998. The Authority, which is an independent, statutory 3 member body, consists of a Presiding Member and two members .The Authority ensures that its regulatory and supervisory approach meets the very highest of international standards. The NIGA is a streamlined and efficient organization that provides for rapid approvals to licence applications.In April 2016, Australia’s federal government has stripped Norfolk Island of its power to grant and renew gaming licenses after a decision by the gaming authority last year brought an illegal bookmaker to Australia’s multi-billion dollar racing industry.The minister's direction prohibits NIGA from issuing and renewing gaming licenses, and effectively demands the authority stand down until a full audit of its procedures, previous decisions and protocols takes place. The audit, which will start in July, is expected to take three months.It is understood licenses granted before the minister’s direction will not be affected.

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