Western Australia grants additional time to Crown Resorts inquiry

Crown Resorts Melbourne, Victoria

The timeline of delivery regarding the final report of the ‘Perth Casino Royal Commission’ into Crown Resorts has been extended to March 4, 2022, following a request from Commissioners for more time to carry out their investigations. 

After initially being expected to be delivered in mid-November 2021, the lengthened timeframe follows a request for more time to ensure activities properly serve the public interest, and that it and recommendations fall in line with the state government and public’s expectations. 

With the timing of the Victorian Royal Commission report extended from August 1, 2021 to October 15, 2021, the heightened timeline will enable the Perth Casino Royal Commission to ensure findings and recommendations from the state can be fully considered.

It is added that the region’s government has received the Perth Casino Royal Commission interim report, and will table it when the Western Australian parliament next sits in August. 

Mark McGowan, premier of Western Australia, explained: “The state government has agreed to extend the timeline for the delivery of the Perth Casino Royal Commission final report to March 4, 2022. 

“This will provide Commissioners with additional time to carry out their investigations and consider the findings of the Victorian Royal Commission. 

“The state government believes that public interest will be best served if the Perth Casino Royal Commission has sufficient time to produce its final report.” 

In March 2021 it was confirmed that Western Australia would officially hold a Royal Commission to determine the suitability of Crown Perth to continue holding a casino gaming licence, after a New South Wales inquiry found that the company isn’t fit to operate the $2.2bn Crown Sydney Hotel Resort.

Spearheaded by former supreme Court judge Patricia Bergin, the inquiry highlighted “very serious problems” in Crown’s operations, citing poor corporate governance, deficient risk-management structures and processes, and a poor corporate culture.

It was recommended that a Royal Commission, rather than an independent inquiry, be held in order to ensure that there are sufficient legal protections in place in order to conduct a thorough examination.