Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is held annually to raise awareness about the importance of gambling responsibly and will run from 17–23 October 2016.
Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation chief executive Serge Sardo said the week is an opportunity for friends and family to talk about what it means to gamble responsibly.
“We encourage friends, family members, parents, teachers, sporting coaches and everyone in the community to have a conversation about ways to reduce the potential for harm from gambling.
“The significant increase in online betting and advertising has made it especially important to talk to young people about responsible gambling.
“Gambling is very visible now in our community and if people are planning to gamble, we want them to be informed about the practical ways to gamble without harm.
“Being informed allows individuals, the community and industry to make appropriate decisions about gambling and, for those who might be experiencing issues, to know there is help available,” he said.
Handy tips that can be shared online are available on the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation website and include:
- knowing how to set time and money limits when betting
- taking breaks when betting
- balancing your betting with other social and entertainment activities.
Managed by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, the week is a unique partnership between the Foundation and local government, the gaming industry and community groups.
For more information about Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, please visit: rgaw.com.au