News and media releases from 2018
The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation is seeking expressions of interest from people who have personal experience of gambling harm to join an advisory committee.
Betting operators are using direct marketing channels, like SMS, to advertise inducements to regular sports and racing bettors – predominantly young men – that effectively encourage them to gamble more frequently and with larger amounts of money, thereby increasing their risk of harm.
Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation-funded CQUniversity research led by Professor Matthew Rockloff suggests there may be a role for legislative intervention to play in preventing harm from electronic gaming machine/pokies-themed apps.
A diverse range of experts is meeting in Geelong over the next three days to participate in the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s biennial Gambling Harm Conference, which this year focuses on the theme of Taking action for change.
The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation has released the Sixth Review of the Casino Operator and Licence.
On 7 June 2018, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from TTHL Pty Ltd to increase the number of pokies at the Torquay Hotel from 30 to 45.
The Department of Justice and Regulation has released a discussion paper to seek views from industry and the community on current and future wagering and betting licensing arrangements in Victoria.
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.
On 27 July 2018, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation released figures on pokies expenditure for the 2017–2018 financial year.
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.
In an environment in which sports betting advertising is prolific, and sport and betting are increasingly seen as going hand-in-hand, we have an obligation to engage with young people and inform them about the risks and potential harms associated with gambling, according to Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation acting CEO Craig Swift.
At the age of 21, John* had lost everything. Two years later, he’s on the way back.
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.
In the week leading up to the AFL Victoria 2018 “Love the Game” themed round, we caught up with Darren Crocker. Darren was a versatile North Melbourne player for 14 years, notching up 165 games, with a few injuries in between. He is currently North Melbourne’s Director of Coaching and Midfield Coach. Darren particularly appreciates the “Love the Game” round because it serves as a reminder to fans, club officials and players that the game, at the grass roots or professional level, retains its pure spirit, despite the increasingly aggressive presence of sports betting promotions and advertising.
“The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation is encouraged to learn that another of Victoria’s AFL clubs, Collingwood FC, has made the decision to rescind its interests in gaming,” the Foundation’s acting CEO, Craig Swift, said this afternoon.
During 20-22 July, elite and community sporting clubs will put aside traditional rivalries to unite players, clubs and fans to focus on our shared love of the game, not the odds. The round is designed to remind kids that sport and betting don't have to go together and encourage parents, coaches and others to talk to kids about gambling, especially the risks they face.
Young Victorians, Aboriginal communities and culturally and linguistically diverse groups are the focus of five new projects awarded funding under the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s Prevention Grants for Regional and Rural Victoria program.
The ‘land of hope’ also carries risks for newly settled refugees. An organisation in Melbourne’s west is providing community leaders with training and resources to let people know the risks of gambling.
In this edition Louise discusses: The Foundation's research agenda 2018-2022, funding opportunities for early career researchers, public awareness campaign The 100 Day Challenge, Reclink Community Cup, Love The Game Round, prevention programs, The Foundation’s third biennial conference, Gambling harm: Taking action for change.
Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz launched a library of videos, forming part of suite of new resources aimed at reducing gambling-related harm in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities at a Refugee Week event in Hoppers Crossing today. Developed by the Horn of Africa Communities Network (HACN), the videos form part of their 'Emerging Communities Responsible Gambling Program' designed to help new migrant communities understand the risks associated with gambling, overcome the stigma related to gambling harm and encourage people to seek advice and support.