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Keeping young people ahead of the game


The Foundation’s Love the Game’ month and Be Ahead of the Game schools program keep young people front and centre as we push back against the normalisation of gambling.

On the frontline of gambling harm and intimate partner violence


As Gambler’s Help services continue to expand their knowledge of the effect gambling and intimate partner violence can have on each other, a therapeutic counsellor shares her insights.

Gambling with their future: teenage gamers and pathways to gambling

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As community alarm grows about gambling devices appearing in video games aimed at young people, research explores the links between gaming among adolescents and their gambling as young adults.

A safe and social space

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In response to a marked increase in GP visits in the Latrobe Valley from people experiencing loneliness, an innovative new project is ‘prescribing’ sport and recreational activities.

Game-changers: how European regulators are tackling gambling harm

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Financial Counselling Australia’s Lauren Levin recently travelled to eight European countries on a Churchill Fellowship to better understand their gambling harm prevention measures and what Victoria can learn.

Commission approves additional 40 pokies at Grosvenor Hotel

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On 19 April 2023, the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission approved (with conditions) an application by GRHO Pty Ltd to increase the number of pokies at the Grosvenor Hotel in Balaclava from 22 to 62.

Whole-of-school approach helps young people stay ahead of the game

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Education resources developed by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation help young people understand the risks associated with gambling and gaming. The Be Ahead of the Game program reflects the latest research into young people’s participation in, and attitudes towards, gambling, as well as changes in the marketing and technology landscape that are making gambling increasingly visible and accessible to young people.

The risky business of online gambling


The Foundation has released a discussion paper – Gambling harm and the online gambling environment – that identifies critical issues needing attention in order to strengthen efforts to prevent and reduce gambling harm.

A perfect storm: ADF veterans and gambling harm

Dr Olivia Metcalf

Recent Foundation-funded research on gambling harm among Australian Defence Force veterans is gaining widespread attention. Dr Olivia Metcalf explains the implications of some of the findings and where she hopes they might lead.

Shining a light on dark marketing

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We can’t avoid saturation levels of gambling advertising on free-to-air television. But there’s no public scrutiny of the targeted marketing of harmful products such as gambling going straight to mobile devices.

The ins and outs of cashless gambling

Luke Duffy

There’s a lot of talk about cashless gambling in the news. What is it, what are its predicted benefits and drawbacks, and where does Victoria sit on its potential implementation?

Victorians lose $1.58 billion on pokies in July - December 2022


On 27 January 2023, the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission released figures on pokies expenditure for the first half of the 2022-23 financial year. In total, $1.58 billion was lost in Victoria at the pokies between 1 July and 31 December 2022.

Australian Racing Fact Book 2021–2022 edition published

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Racing Australia recently published the latest edition of the Australian Racing Fact Book. A Guide to the Racing Industry in Australia 2021–2022 outlines the key results and statistics from the Australian thoroughbred sector. The fact book includes wagering turnover on thoroughbred racing.

Commission approves additional 15 pokies at McKinnon Hotel

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On 13 December 2022, VGCCC approved an application from McKinnon Hotels Pty Ltd to increase the number of pokies at the McKinnon Hotel from 45 to 60.

10 years of addressing gambling harm


The Foundation is celebrating its 10th anniversary, proud of our public health approach and our funded research which provides a solid evidence base in the push for reform and the development of innovative partner programs.

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