News and media releases from 2016
Financial Counselling Australia has released a new report, Problem Gambling Financial Counselling: Survey and Case Studies. The report is based on two surveys of specialist problem gambling financial counselling agencies conducted in late 2015.
The Australian Association of National Advertisers has released a self-regulatory communication code in relation to wagering advertising and marketing that will cover Australian licensed wagering operators, such as TABs and online bookmakers (often referred to in public discussion as sports betting companies).
The Australian Government has released the review into illegal offshore wagering (the O'Farrell report) and its response.
On 15 March 2016, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from the Myrtleford Savoy Sporting Club Inc to increase the number of pokies at the club in the Shire of Alpine from 26 to 40.
This report examines the nature of harm associated with gambling, and the amount of harm occurring in the Victoria community.
A new study from the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation explores the experiences of people who resolve their gambling problems informally, usually with the support of family and friends.
Professor of Health Policy Mike Daube says gambling harm extends well beyond the crisis end of problem gambling and we can learn from tobacco and alcohol in developing programs and policies to address this public health issue.
On 10 February 2016, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from APD Group Pty Ltd to install 29 pokies at the Valley Inn Hotel in the City of Greater Geelong.
On 19 February 2016, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Beretta's Langwarrin Pty Ltd to increase the number of pokies at the Langwarrin Hotel in the City of Frankston from 52 to 62.
Melbourne Football Club is the latest Victorian club to walk away from sponsorships with sports betting companies and commit to furthering responsible gambling practices in their venues.
Along with a new coach and a new leadership team Carlton Football Club is continuing in its quest to set higher standards for values and behaviour as the latest club to say no to deals with sports betting companies.
Racing Australia recently published the 2014–2015 edition of the Australian Racing Factbook.
On 2 March 2016, amendments were made to the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Act 2011, including a new advocacy and policy role for the Foundation.
On 5 January 2016, the commission heard an application from Sale and District Greyhound Racing Club Inc to increase the number of pokies at the Sale and District Greyhound Racing Club in the Shire of Wellington from 70 to 80.
Richmond Football Club is the latest team to join the majority of Victoria's AFL clubs in saying no to sports betting partnerships as part of a movement to separate gambling from the game.
33 per cent of net gaming revenue in 2014–2015 was claimed for community purposes.
On 22 January 2016, the Victorian Commission For Gambling and Liquor Regulation released its latest pokies expenditure figures.
Eleven health and community organisations have been awarded $2.4 million ongoing funding for gambling harm prevention projects across Victoria.
On 23 December 2015, the commission refused an application to increase the number of pokies at the Sporting Legends Club in the Shire of Wellington.