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Attitudes to gambling – latest Victorian data

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Stigma remains a significant issue for people experiencing gambling harm, with more than 50 per cent of adults who participated in the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s 2017 community attitudes survey declaring most people would think less of a person who struggles with their gambling.

Welcome to our new website

A screenshot of our Gambling in Victoria section on our website as of 16 April 2018

We are proud to launch our new website. We’ve listened to your feedback and made much needed improvements by creating our corporate VRGF website (responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au) and Gambler’s Help website (gamblershelp.com.au).

Foundation applauds Melbourne FC’s bold decision to phase out pokies

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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation CEO Louise Glanville has welcomed Melbourne Football Club’s announcement today that it plans to divest itself of gaming machines as a source of revenue.

AFL Victoria 2018 'Love the Game' themed round

AFL season launch

As part of AFL Victoria's commitment to address social issues affecting the community, each of these organisations will have state wide themed rounds during the 2018 season, including our very own 'Love The Game' round in July.

Front of mind with Louise Glanville

Louise Glanville

In this edition Louise discusses: our prevention partnership program, grants for regional and rural Victoria, CALD prevention grants, Reclink Australia, Mallee District Aboriginal Services, Anglicare Victoria's financial literacy programs, The Foundation's normalisation awareness campaign 'The Talk', Love The Game.

$250,000 in grants to prevent gambling harm in regional and rural Victoria

Grants totalling $250,000 are available for gambling harm prevention projects in regional and rural Victoria. The Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Marlene Kairouz, announced the funding today in Bendigo.

Time for ‘the talk’ with your kids… the gambling talk

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Parents are encouraged to have a conversation with their teenage children about the risks and potential harms of gambling under the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s latest marketing campaign, The Talk, now running on TV, radio and online.

New help seeking videos in Chinese, Arabic, and Vietnamese

Anyone can have an issue with gambling

The Foundation has released new videos in Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Arabic to explain the signs of gambling harm and describe what to expect during a consultation with a Gambler’s Help or other professional counsellor.

Front of mind with Louise Glanville

Louise Glanville

In this edition Louise discusses: CALD prevention grants, the International Gambling Conference hosted in New Zealand, The Foundation's public awareness campaign 'Harm starts earlier than you think', Communications Legislation Amendment Bill submission, Love The Game.

Update on changes to EFTPOS in pokies venues

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Amendments to the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 passed by the Victorian Parliament late last year include changes to the amount of money accessible by EFTPOS in hotels and clubs operating pokies and the actions staff are required to take when customers wish to withdraw cash.

Foundation attends Senate inquiry on banning of gambling advertisements during live sport

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In December 2017, the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee commenced an inquiry on the Communications Legislation Amendment (Online Content Services and Other Measures) Bill 2017.

Calling for volunteers to share experiences of gambling harm

If you or someone you know has experienced the harm that gambling can cause, you may like to share your personal experiences as a way to help others, reduce stigma and create positive change.

Credit betting ban for online wagering providers to commence on 17 February

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Legislative amendments to commence on 17 February 2018 will ban online wagering providers, such as online bookmakers, from offering credit to Australian punters. This includes offering punters a deferred settlement facility.

Victorians lost $13 million more on the pokies in past six months

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On 29 January 2018, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation released figures on pokies expenditure for the six months from July to December 2017.

Front of mind with Louise Glanville

Louise Glanville

In this edition Louise discusses: gambling harm, prevention, early intervention, support, research program, Gambler's Help, Victorian Population Gambling and Health Study, sports betting, gambling advertising, Commonwealth legislation, prevention grants, awareness campaigns.

Commission grants application for additional 16 pokies at the Bendigo Club

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On 1 November 2017, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Kilmore Racing Club Inc to increase the number of pokies at the Bendigo Club in the City of Greater Bendigo from 44 to 60.

Commission refuses application for additional 20 pokies at Club Officer

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On 31 October and 13 November 2017, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Pakenham Racing Club Inc to increase the number of pokies at Club Officer, in the Shire of Cardinia, from 60 to 80.

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal affirms VCGLR decision to refuse 40 pokies at Commercial Hotel in South Morang

Rows of pokie machines with shallow depth of field.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) will determine an appeal against the recent decision by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) to refuse an application to introduce 40 pokies at the Commercial Hotel in South Morang.

Gambling harm costs Victorians $7 billion a year

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A Central Queensland University (CQU) study released in Melbourne today has calculated the cost of gambling harm in Victoria in 2014–15 at $7 billion.

Strong Foundation presence at national gambling conference in Melbourne

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Foundation research will feature heavily at the 27th annual National Association for Gambling Studies (NAGS) conference in Melbourne this week.

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