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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.

One simple question on the path to recovery

In the past 12 months, have you had an issue with gambling?

A panel of healthcare professionals consider the value of an in-consultation screening question inviting patients to disclose gambling harm alongside other health issues, and improving pathways to services for those seeking help.

The role of gambling in family violence


A gambling harm module incorporated into a men’s behaviour change program running in the Upper Murray gives participants the opportunity to understand the effects of gambling within the context of family violence.

Unlocking loot boxes: gaming hype, or gambling-like?


With a dramatic increase in the popularity of in-game microtransactions such as loot boxes, researchers are alert to their gambling-like properties which can influence the behaviour of gamers and lead to gambling harm.

First Nations’ approaches lead to prosperous futures


First Nations community leaders Cormach Evans and Dr Luke Martin yarn about healthcare equity and the importance of a connection to Country in social and emotional wellbeing.

Collective action targets gambling harm


Ballarat’s All-In initiative brought together healthcare organisations, businesses, sporting clubs and community groups to commit to actions to raise awareness of gambling harm, reduce stigma, encourage help seeking and promote alternative recreation.

Join the Lived Experience Advisory Committee

Fred LEX

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation is seeking expressions of interest from people who have personal experience of gambling harm, including as an affected other, to join our Lived Experience (LEX) Advisory Committee.

Now open: funding opportunity for researchers

Applications are now open for the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s Grants for Gambling Research Program (Round 12).

Victorians lose $2.237 billion on pokies in 2021-22

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On 22 July 2022, the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission released figures on pokies expenditure for the 2021-22 financial year.

Building on the public health approach


The Foundation is celebrating its 10th anniversary, proud of our partnership approach and our solid research base.

Gambling addiction: where does treatment belong?


The Foundation’s Principal Clinical Advisor Tony Clarkson addressed the 2022 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference on the place of the gambling treatment sector within the broader suite of mental health and alcohol and other drug services.

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