New research into the prevalence of gambling among adolescents estimates that 25,600 students in Victoria aged 12–17 years may be spending $2.9 million on gambling each year, despite being under the age at which Australians can legally gamble. Released to coincide with Gambling Harm Awareness Week (7–13 October), the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation-funded research found 31 per cent of kids in the study had gambled at some point in the past – and six per cent had gambled in the previous 30 days.
The Andrews Labor Government is preventing gambling harm across Victoria through state-wide grants for 14 community-based, not-for-profit organisations. Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz today attended a Gambling Harm Awareness Week workshop in Bendigo and announced $2 million in grant funding.
New research released today to coincide with Shifting the goal posts on sports betting, a Gambling Harm Awareness Week (7–13 October) panel event, has found gambling ads are played four times more often during sports programming than during non-sport TV.
The stigma associated with gambling harm is so strong that many people would rather acknowledge a drug or alcohol addiction than disclose a gambling problem. During Gambling Harm Awareness Week (7–13 October 2019), Victorians are being asked to consider the negative consequences of their own or someone else’s gambling, to listen to the stories of others who have been affected, and to support the people in their lives who may be struggling.
Alfred Health’s Mental Health and Gambling Program will receive a $1.2 million funding boost over three years from the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. This will strengthen the model of care for clients and provide them with better health outcomes.
Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz has announced the expansion of the Libraries After Dark program, which gives vulnerable Victorians access to six additional libraries for evening activities. Dandenong, Springvale, Sebastopol and Moe were the successful funding recipients for the next stage of the Libraries After Dark project. Werribee Plaza and Bairnsdale will both receive funding from 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.