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Minister Announces Gambler’s Help Funding Across Victoria

Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz today visited Ballarat to announce $49 million funding for the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation to administer the Local Gambler’s Help Program over three years, with a focus on regional and rural areas.

Online gambling restrictions to reduce consumer harm

In an Australian-first, the State Government is tightening rules for online betting operators in a bid to provide stronger consumer protections for Victorians gambling online. From 26 May 2019, online betting operators must comply with strict requirements for betting account deposit limits, restrictions on direct marketing and a ban on perks that encourage consumers to continue betting.

Mindful gambling improves wellbeing: Think … is that true for you?

Regardless of how often a person gambles or the amount of money they spend, gambling-related stress is a side effect commonly experienced by a large number of Victorians.

Cats say ‘no’ to sports betting ads at GMHBA

Geelong Cats' Harry Taylor passing a footy ball to a young girl

As part of its Love the Game partnership with the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, Geelong Football Club has announced it will remove sports betting advertising from GMHBA Stadium.

New CEO For Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Janet Dore and Shane Lucas

The Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Marlene Kairouz today announced the appointment of Shane Lucas as the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Early career researcher grants announced

Five new projects have been awarded a total of almost $250,000 as part of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s early career researcher grants.

Personal stories of recovery: gambling harm podcast

A new podcast exploring the depths of gambling-related harm through the eyes of people who have recovered has been launched at Banyule Community Health.

Reclaim your life with the 100 Day Challenge

Take a break with the 100 Day Challenge

What would you do in 2019 with the time and money you could save by taking a break from gambling? The Foundation’s 100 Day Challenge advertising campaign will be on air until mid-February.

Innovative local approaches to gambling harm

Louise Glanville speaking at the launch of the 2018 Gambling Harm Awareness Week

Victoria’s inaugural Gambling Harm Awareness Week (8–14 October) was today launched by the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Marlene Kairouz, at an event that showcased innovative community approaches to tackling gambling harm.

Tackling gambling harm through community conversations

Gambling Harm Awareness Week logo – Gambling Harm Awareness Week 8–14 October 2018

Gambling Harm Awareness Week, 8–14 October 2018 in the ACT and Victoria, provides an opportunity to talk openly about what gambling harm is, how it affects the community, what can be done to prevent it, and how to support those affected by it.

Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Appointment

Janet Dore has been appointed as the interim Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. Ms Dore will commence her role as interim CEO in mid-October, replacing Louise Glanville who will start a new role as Managing Director of Victoria Legal Aid.

Appointment Of Victoria Legal Aid Managing Director

Senior public sector executive Louise Glanville has been appointed as Managing Director of Victoria Legal Aid, the first woman to head the organisation. Ms Glanville has almost two decades’ experience working in senior leadership roles for the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments.

Young men vulnerable to betting inducement ads

A male writing ideas on a glass board at an office and explaining it to a group of four

Betting operators are using direct marketing channels, like SMS, to advertise inducements to regular sports and racing bettors – predominantly young men – that effectively encourage them to gamble more frequently and with larger amounts of money, thereby increasing their risk of harm.

Gambling-like apps: not suitable for children

Louise speaking at Taking Action conference

Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation-funded CQUniversity research led by Professor Matthew Rockloff suggests there may be a role for legislative intervention to play in preventing harm from electronic gaming machine/pokies-themed apps.

Gambling harm: Taking action for change

A diverse range of experts is meeting in Geelong over the next three days to participate in the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s biennial Gambling Harm Conference, which this year focuses on the theme of Taking action for change.

This weekend, AFL in Victoria to focus on loving the game, not the odds

Love the game round

In an environment in which sports betting advertising is prolific, and sport and betting are increasingly seen as going hand-in-hand, we have an obligation to engage with young people and inform them about the risks and potential harms associated with gambling, according to Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation acting CEO Craig Swift.

Collingwood FC demonstrates commitment to tackling gambling harm

Love the game round

“The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation is encouraged to learn that another of Victoria’s AFL clubs, Collingwood FC, has made the decision to rescind its interests in gaming,” the Foundation’s acting CEO, Craig Swift, said this afternoon.

Preventing gambling harm in CALD communities

Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz launched a library of videos, forming part of suite of new resources aimed at reducing gambling-related harm in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities at a Refugee Week event in Hoppers Crossing today. Developed by the Horn of Africa Communities Network (HACN), the videos form part of their 'Emerging Communities Responsible Gambling Program' designed to help new migrant communities understand the risks associated with gambling, overcome the stigma related to gambling harm and encourage people to seek advice and support.

100 ways to do more with your life

Take a break with the 100 Day Challenge

Victorians who think they may benefit from changing the role gambling plays in their life are encouraged to take up the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s 100 Day Challenge, released today. Ideal for anyone who wants to take a break from, or cut down on the amount of time and money they spend on gambling, the 100 Day Challenge offers participants 100 alternative activities over 100 days.

More Research Funding To Reduce Gambling Harm

Minister Marlene Kairouz MP at the launch of early career research grants 2018

The Andrews Labor Government will provide a further $300,000 in grants for early career researchers to study Victoria’s gambling behaviours and ways to reduce harm. Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz today launched the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s (VRGF) grants program and Research Agenda 2018–2022 at the Footscray Community Arts Centre.

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