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Loving the game gets personal for Geelong superstar

Geelong Football Club Jeremy Cameron

Three-time All-Australian, Geelong premiership player and new dad Jeremy Cameron today reaffirmed his commitment as an ambassador for the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s Love the Game program.

Inquiry recommends ban on gambling advertising

Mitch Lewis

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has welcomed the report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs inquiry into online gambling and its impacts on those experiencing gambling harm.

Local hero Scott Pendlebury loves the game, not the odds


Collingwood legend and new Love the Game ambassador Scott Pendlebury is disturbed that saturation advertising is making kids think gambling on sport is part of the game.

Elite athletes get behind Love the Game Challenge

Love the Game month community launch 30 April 2023

A multi-code event in Point Cook marked the beginning of 2023's Love the Game month, with emerging Hawthorn star Mitch Lewis; Melbourne Rebels’ players Ray Nu'u, Max Johnson and Michaela Maunsell; Melbourne United’s Shea Ili; North Melbourne AFLW players Jenna Bruton and Jasmine Garner; and juniors from the Point Cook Bulldogs.

How gambling products cause harm

There needs to be more recognition of the harmful nature of many gambling products, especially pokies, sports betting, and casino table games.

Grand Final week ideal time to talk about gambling harm

Gambling Harm Awareness Week (19–25 October), which this year coincides with AFL Grand Final week, was today launched at a virtual event highlighting the risks sports betting can pose to young men, including footy players.

Fears of a gambling bounce as footy seasons restart

As kick-off approaches for the rescheduled 2020 National Rugby League (NRL) and Australian Football League seasons, experts are bracing for a tsunami of gambling advertising and inducements. After...

Online gambling restrictions to reduce consumer harm

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.

Mat's passion for sport now gambling free


Mat Crompton has always had a passion for sport. He grew up playing soccer, not only for the execution of skill but the experience of being ‘lost in the moment’.

Cats say ‘no’ to sports betting ads at GMHBA

Geelong Cats' Harry Taylor passing a footy ball to a young girl

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.

Western Bulldogs captain loves the game, in Ballarat

Easton Wood giving out autographs

Easton Wood meets the local junior club in Ballarat as part of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation's Love the Game Sporting Club program. The Western Bulldogs, along all other Victorian elite clubs have renewed their partnership with the Foundation, saying no to sports betting sponsorship.

New 14-day verification rules for online betting accounts

Close up of the definition of legislation in a dictionary

New national rules have commenced that reduce the customer verification period for new online wagering (betting) consumers from 90 days to a maximum of 14 days.

Australian Racing Fact Book 2017–2018 edition published

A male writing ideas on a glass board at an office and explaining it to a group of four

A Guide to the Racing Industry in Australia 2017–2018 outlines the key results and statistics from the Australian thoroughbred sector.

Victorian point of consumption tax for wagering and sports betting

Close up of the definition of legislation in a dictionary

Victoria has passed legislation to introduce a point of consumption tax (POCT) for wagering and sports betting from 1 January 2019. The Victorian POCT will be payable by wagering and betting operators on the revenue derived from wagers and bets of customers located in Victoria.

Front of mind with Louise Glanville

Louise Glanville

In this edition Louise discusses: The Foundation and AFL Victoria's Love The Game Round, funding opportunities for Gambling Harm Awareness Week, loot box senate inquiry, The Foundation’s third biennial conference, Gambling harm: Taking action for change.

Loving the game in the Western suburbs

Love the game round

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s acting CEO, Craig Swift, today congratulated AFL Victoria for its commitment to reducing the exposure of young people to sports betting advertising.

Playing the home game

Love the game round

At the age of 21, John* had lost everything. Two years later, he’s on the way back.

Some life lessons from the best and fairest

Scott West

AFL Hall of Famer Scott West was considered one of the hardest working and most sportsman-like of footy players. His career spanned 16 seasons and 324 games for the Western Bulldogs, winning a record seven Charlie Sutton medals as best and fairest for the club. In life, as in the game, he’s widely regarded as a bloke who tells it as it is. Here he advises young players of today – as well all young people – how to keep themselves safe, and when to make a stand.

Attitudes to gambling – latest Victorian data

A male writing ideas on a glass board at an office and explaining it to a group of four

Stigma remains a significant issue for people experiencing gambling harm, with more than 50 per cent of adults who participated in the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s 2017 community attitudes survey declaring most people would think less of a person who struggles with their gambling.

AFL Victoria 2018 'Love the Game' themed round

AFL season launch

As part of AFL Victoria's commitment to address social issues affecting the community, each of these organisations will have state wide themed rounds during the 2018 season, including our very own 'Love The Game' round in July.

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