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Cite as: (2004) 78(1-2) LIJ, p. 74

This month we cover two Victorian gambling regulatory bodies sites, a couple of business resources, an English guide to the web for law students and the new LIV professional development site.

Office of Gambling Regulation (OGR)

Part of the Department of Justice portfolio, the OGR provides administrative support to the Minister for Gaming, the Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority, the Director of Gaming and Betting and the Director of Casino Surveillance in carrying out their legislative responsibilities. This site, which is easy to navigate, supplies information about the gambling industry including regulations and current statistics. The best features of the site are the links to gambling-related legislation, the list of forms, and the search section, which allows you to search for a gaming venue or industry participant as well as perform the usual website search. This site is a good place to start when looking for information about the operation and rules of the Victorian gambling industry.

Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority (VCGA)

The VCGA, a statutory body established under the Gaming and Betting Act 1994, regulates gaming and casino operations in Victoria. Unlike the Office of Gambling Regulation, the VCGA focuses only on the gaming aspect of the Victorian gambling industry. The information provided about gaming activities is comprehensive and well-presented. The practical FAQ section which covers permits and licences is particularly useful. Another feature is the “Search Reports” page where you can search for VCGA reports, which are available online in full-text or can be downloaded. The reports cover issues such as problem gambling, the impact on communities and historical data. You can also check the VCGA website for the scheduled public meetings that are held every month.

Harvard Business School Publishing

Harvard Business School Publishing produces the Harvard Business Review (HBR), a range of newsletters and books for business professionals. The HBR and newsletters in particular are a good resource for business research, innovations and trends. If you are doing research or looking for a particular Harvard article, you can search the contents of the HBR and newsletters online. Although the articles are not available in full-text, search results will give you citations and an abstract. You can also use this site to order subscriptions, books, CDs and conference tickets. In fact, this is a site that encourages you to shop. The only information available free of charge are product and article abstracts and the email updates, which you can subscribe to if you want to keep up with the latest from the Harvard Business School.

Under New Management Online

Under New Management is a Victorian government site that contains information about buying or selling a small business, franchising and retail tenancy. Although the site is primarily aimed at potential buyers and franchisees, it is also a useful resource for practitioners – the brochures and information sheets in particular are useful quick reference materials. Visitors to the site can work through the online workshops to increase their knowledge about buying a business, signing a retail lease or buying a franchise. Those who prefer the idea of a face-to-face workshop can use the workshop location finder to locate their local workshop training centre. The interactive “small business self-assessment tool” has great potential but unfortunately technical problems opening and running it detract from its effectiveness.


Recently the Law Librarians list (yes, we have a list, we even have a website – hosted an email from an esteemed senior member of our community. His request for assistance read as follows: “One of my users (not a judge) wants to quote from Lord Denning’s case where he begins with references to bluebells in springtime in Kent”. And so the race began. One of the first replies to hit our collective in boxes referred to a site called LawBore – the law student’s ultimate guide to the web. I suspect this answer was found using Google. The LawBore site search did not produce such stellar results when I tested it. However, the site does offer some interesting information if you are happy to browse by subject (some of the material is only available to students at City University London). And the case? Lord Denning in Hinz v Berry [1970] 2 QB 40: “It happened on 19th April 1964. It was bluebell time in Kent ... The plaintiff had taken Stephanie, her third child, aged three, across the road to pick bluebells on the opposite side.”

Continuing Professional Development

The Law Institute has created a continuing professional development (CPD) site that enables you to search, register and pay for CPD courses online. CPD courses run by the Institute are arranged in categories by area of law so that you can find what you want quickly. You can also look for specific topics and events using either the search function or the events calendar. If your interest is in conferences, library research or practice management events, you’ll also find them listed by category.

Payment is by credit card or cheque via the Institute’s secure online payment system. A tax invoice receipt is issued on registration and an email reminder is sent out the day before the event.

If you are a member of the Institute, you also have access to a CPD records area that allows you to view the CPD points you have accumulated. Points earned from Institute courses are automatically recorded – members can also record points earned from other activities and other providers in this area. All you need is your member number and password to take advantage of this system.

Website reviews are provided by the Law Institute library. For more information on legal websites, see the Guide to Legal Internet Sites at


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