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News and media releases from 2021

E-sports a breeding ground for young punters: study

Gamer to gambler by Caleb Bond. Published by Sunday Herald Sun, Melbourne, 29 August 2021. Young Australians are being sucked into the vortex of gambling addiction at...

Commission approves application for additional 12 pokies at Kyabram Club

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On 24 August 2021, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation approved an application by Kyabram Club Inc to increase the number of pokies at the Kyabram Club (Shire of Campaspe) from 53 to 65.

Latrobe Valley receives targeted gambling harm support

The Victorian Government is continuing to support people at risk of gambling harm, investing in a localised support project across the Latrobe Valley. Reclink Australia has been selected to deliver the $600,000 Latrobe Valley Gambling Harm Prevention Project, which will deliver community sports, arts and recreation programs to people at risk of gambling harm, including those who may be experiencing social isolation and poor mental health.

Cricket Victoria re-joins the club

Cricket Victoria has demonstrated its support for the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s new Join the club campaign, today renewing its commitment to reducing kids’ exposure to sports betting promotions through a one-year extension to its Love the Game partnership.

New First Nations Gambling Harm Program

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The Victorian Government is prioritising the needs of young First Nations people, launching Australia’s first youth specific First Nations Gambling Awareness program on Wadawurrung Country. Aboriginal-owned organisation Strong Brother Strong Sister has been selected to deliver the Djilang Gambling Awareness Program, which will provide support to young people affected by their own or their family’s gambling activities. The program will receive $250,000 over 15 months to help young Wadawurrung people pursue self-determination through social, emotional, and health and wellbeing measures, with a key focus on minimising gambling harm.

Commission refuses application for additional eight pokies at Robin Hood Hotel

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On 19 July 2021, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation refused an application by Jayeesar Pty Ltd to increase the number of pokies at the Robin Hood Hotel (City of Ballarat) from 20 to 28. On 16 August 2021, the commission published the reasons for its decision.

Rival teams unite in campaign against sports betting ads

Major sporting clubs and local sporting leaders have united in response to community concern about the effect of prolific sports betting advertising on young people in the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s new Love the Game campaign.

Victorians lose $1.565 billion on pokies in 2020-21

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On 23 July 2021, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation released figures on pokies expenditure for the 2020-21 financial year.

Connecting with customers is Number One

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While venues have closed on and off through the COVID-19 pandemic, venue workers still need to update their qualifications and that’s kept Venue Support Worker Di Grimble very busy.

The long tail of emergency response

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People fleeing the 2019-20 bushfires needed food and shelter but also financial support. Mike Kirkness from Latrobe Community Health Service was one of the financial counsellors on the frontline.

Light in the COVID-19 tunnel

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Foundation CEO Shane Lucas discusses the Foundation’s submission to the Royal Commission into Crown Melbourne and the establishment of a telehealth Community of Practice.

Crown Royal Commission & the Foundation

The Foundation’s submission to the Royal Commission into the Casino Operator and Licence provided evidence based on contemporary research into the broad social impact of gambling-related harm.

Commission refuses application for 40 pokies at Royal Hotel in Koo Wee Rup

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On 30 April 2021, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation refused an application by KWR Hotels Pty Ltd to install 40 pokies at the Royal Hotel in Koo Wee Rup (Shire of Cardinia).

Commission approves application for 70 pokies at new venue in Truganina

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On 1 April 2021, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation approved an application by Werribee Football Club Limited for a new gaming venue with 70 pokies at Club Tarneit, 115 Woods Road in Truganina (City of Wyndham).

Investigating impacts of COVID-19 on gambling harm

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in new research to examine the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the gambling environment and the implications for associated behaviours and harm....

VAGO performance audit

When the Foundation was established in 2012, our core responsibility was to ensure that people negatively affected by gambling could access effective treatment and support services. Since then,...

Australian Racing Fact Book 2019–2020 edition published

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Racing Australia recently published the latest edition of the Australian Racing Fact Book. A Guide to the Racing Industry in Australia 2019–2020 outlines the key results and statistics from the Australian thoroughbred sector. The fact book includes wagering turnover on thoroughbred racing, greyhound racing, harness racing and sports betting.

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