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Supporting more Victorians to address gambling harm

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More Victorians are being supported to address gambling harm, with an additional $660,000 for migrant and refugee communities, and community sporting clubs. Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Melissa Horne today announced extra funding for two Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation programs during Gambling Harm Awareness Week (19–25 October).

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.

New board members bring diverse expertise

Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Chair Tass Mousaferiadis today welcomed the Victorian Government’s appointment of Alison Roberts and Lee Crockford to the Foundation’s board.

Managing our response to COVID-19

We are genuinely “all in this together” – Foundation staff and partners have been as one with the broader Victorian community as we have experienced the shock of the...

SMART’s nifty shift online

by Leith Hillard SMART by name and smart in practice, the Self-Management and Recovery Training program run by EACH Box Hill is a local version of...

Walking past the pub with the pokies

Lachlan McKenzie shares his personal story and experience with gambling harm. by Lachlan McKenzie My first job involved lots of travel to country towns with not...

Dialling up Peer Connection

Peer Connection, gambling harm, gambling support, peer support, gambling

Reclink Connect on the ball

Changing the lives of people experiencing disadvantage for the better – this lies at the heart of the strategic partnership between the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (VRGF) and Reclink....

The safest bet for your tax refund

How to avoid gambling away your tax return, or tax refund

Applications for statewide multicultural service now open

Grant applications are invited for a multicultural organisation to deliver a new statewide service for migrant and refugee communities affected by gambling harm. The successful applicant will deliver...

The Foundation becomes a Supply Nation member

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has become a member of Supply Nation, putting us in touch with Australia’s largest database of verified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses....

Letter to the editor: Betting 'bonanza' during AFL footy festival

Almost a third of Victoria’s sports bettors are men aged 18-24 who’ve grown up believing footy and gambling are intrinsically linked. Last year, Australia’s gambling industry spent $232...

Commission to determine application for additional 11 pokies at Waurn Ponds Hotel

Illustration of a daily desk calendar showing day 16 with 'Pokies' written on it. Pages from earlier days are flying off the calendar: 15 Sports betting, 14 Casino table games, 13 Lotteries, 12 Scratchies, 11 Race betting.

On 27 October 2020, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation will hear an application by Waurn Ponds Management Pty Ltd to increase the number of pokies at Waurn Ponds Hotel (City of Greater Geelong) from 70 to 81.

Getting played: gaming as a gambling gateway during school holidays

With Australian children and adolescents conducting much of their schooling, socialising and gaming online through lockdown and now into the school holidays, supervising parents are being given a...

National Reconciliation Week shines a light

The Foundation was so enthusiastic about National Reconciliation Week 2020 that we kicked it off in early May. The first of four virtual events was led by...

Mitigating harm as the gambling landscape changes

For many families and communities around the globe, 2020 has been an extraordinarily challenging year. Here in Victoria, even as the embers of a devasting bushfire season died,...

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...

Foundation calls for applications to Grants for Gambling Research Program

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation is pleased to invite applications for funding under our Gambling Research Program (Round 11). The program supports areas of study that inform...

Manage your online gambling

Online gambling is growing in popularity, with recent data showing that 19.2 per cent of Victorian adults who gamble do their betting online. This is likely to have...

Gambling transaction blocks on credit and debit cards

Several Australian banks and financial institutions have recently introduced options that allow customers to block gambling transactions on their credit and debit cards. Upon request, a block...

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