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Counting the cost of pokies


Two pieces of Foundation-funded research consider the risk factors associated with living close to a venue with electronic gaming machines. Does venue proximity have an effect on gambling behaviour or on the number of local personal insolvencies?

Gambling harm within the Australian Defence Force


The Foundation-funded Gambling problems among Australian military personnel after deployment: analyses of the Middle East Area of Operations Prospective Health Study is believed to be the first research...

Getting our priorities right

Shane Lucas

The Foundation has released new strategic documents that will help our partners and stakeholders better understand how our decision making affects the programs and services we fund.

Gambling harm expert honoured – Australia Day awards

Rosa Bili

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation proudly congratulates Rosa Billi for her inclusion in the 2022 Australia Day Honours list. Ms Billi, who leads the Foundation’s Research & Evaluation branch, has been acknowledged with a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to community health in Victoria, particularly in the area of gambling harm.

Request for tender: 2022 Victorian Population Gambling and Health Study

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced contractor to undertake the 2022 Victorian Population Gambling and Health Study. The 2022 Victorian Population...

Launch of our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2021–2023


The launch of the Foundation’s second RAP was an opportunity to reflect on what we have learned so far. It was a privilege to do that in the company of RAP expert adviser Rod Jackson and Geraldine Atkinson, co-chair of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria.

Pushing back against normalisation of gambling


Today’s young adults are the first generation to have been exposed to the mass marketing of gambling products throughout their lifetime. It’s a topic that stirs up conversations when the Foundation’s ‘Be ahead of the game’ school education program is rolled out in the classroom.

‘Nothing about us without us’: first-hand experiences help reduce gambling harm


Some communities are particularly vulnerable to gambling harm. Foundation-funded researchers highlighted some of their findings during a Gambling Harm Awareness Week event that focused on lived experiences of risk, resilience and help-seeking.

Hard work and clear speaking

Shane Lucas

In a busy few months, the Foundation has led Gambling Harm Awareness Week events and launched a new Reconciliation Action Plan.

Phoenix joins 600+ Victorian clubs to love the game, not the odds

South East Melbourne Phoenix has joined the Melbourne Boomers and 600+ clubs in a range of sporting codes across Victoria to say no to sports betting sponsorship.

Western United joins the Foundation to love the game, not the odds

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has welcomed Western United as the second elite soccer club to join the Love the Game program, alongside rival team Melbourne Victory and more than 600 other Victorian sporting partners united against sports betting sponsorship.

Supporting Vietnamese women affected by gambling

From left, Hieu Nguyen and Thao Hoang from AVWA in the days of social distancing

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has awarded $400,000 to the Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association (AVWA) for projects that will aim to prevent and reduce incarceration rates related to gambling harm.

Gambling harm in three distinct communities

New research shows that people with an intellectual disability who gamble on the pokies are unlikely to be aware of the potential for negative consequences, which is a clear...

Ballarat to pilot new gambling screening tool

Health care professionals in Ballarat will pilot a new Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation developed screening tool, which aims to connect treatment and support for people who struggle with gambling....

E-sports a breeding ground for young punters: study

Gamer to gambler by Caleb Bond. Published by Sunday Herald Sun, Melbourne, 29 August 2021. Young Australians are being sucked into the vortex of gambling addiction at...

Commission approves application for additional 12 pokies at Kyabram Club

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On 24 August 2021, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation approved an application by Kyabram Club Inc to increase the number of pokies at the Kyabram Club (Shire of Campaspe) from 53 to 65.

Commission refuses application for additional eight pokies at Robin Hood Hotel

Two hands on the buttons of a pokie machine

On 19 July 2021, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation refused an application by Jayeesar Pty Ltd to increase the number of pokies at the Robin Hood Hotel (City of Ballarat) from 20 to 28. On 16 August 2021, the commission published the reasons for its decision.

Victorians lose $1.565 billion on pokies in 2020-21

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On 23 July 2021, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation released figures on pokies expenditure for the 2020-21 financial year.

Light in the COVID-19 tunnel

Shane Lucas

Foundation CEO Shane Lucas discusses the Foundation’s submission to the Royal Commission into Crown Melbourne and the establishment of a telehealth Community of Practice.

Crown Royal Commission & the Foundation

The Foundation’s submission to the Royal Commission into the Casino Operator and Licence provided evidence based on contemporary research into the broad social impact of gambling-related harm.

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