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News and media releases from 2016

Survey of financial counsellors and clients released

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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.

New wagering advertising code from the Australian Association of National Advertisers

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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

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The Australian Government has released the review into illegal offshore wagering (the O'Farrell report) and its response.

Commission grants application for additional 14 pokies at Myrtleford Savoy Sporting Club

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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.

Assessing gambling-related harm in Victoria: a public health perspective

Assessing gambling related harm in Victoria

This report examines the nature of harm associated with gambling, and the amount of harm occurring in the Victoria community.

Resolving gambling problems without professional help: the road most travelled but least mapped

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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.

The problem end of gambling harm is just the tip of the iceberg

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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.

Commission grants application for 29 pokies at Valley Inn Hotel in Geelong

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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.

Commission grants application for additional 10 pokies at Langwarrin Hotel

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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 commits to responsible gambling charter

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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.

Carlton says no to sports betting partnerships

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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.

Australian Racing Factbook 2014–2015 edition published

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Racing Australia recently published the 2014–2015 edition of the Australian Racing Factbook.

Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation given new advocacy and policy role

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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.

Commission grants application for 80 pokies at Sale Greyhounds

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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.

Tigers latest club to say no to sports betting partnerships

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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.

Commission publishes community benefit statement figures for 2014–2015

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33 per cent of net gaming revenue in 2014–2015 was claimed for community purposes.

VCGLR releases latest pokies expenditure figures – player loss continues

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On 22 January 2016, the Victorian Commission For Gambling and Liquor Regulation released its latest pokies expenditure figures.

Local groups awarded $2.4 million to prevent gambling harm

Eleven health and community organisations have been awarded $2.4 million ongoing funding for gambling harm prevention projects across Victoria.

Commission refuses application to increase pokies at the Sporting Legends Club

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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.

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