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News and media releases from 2022

New app to tackle gambling harm

Reset app launch

Victorians experiencing gambling harm will now have access to a new self-help program at their fingertips, thanks to a new app developed by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. The free Reset app offers people insight into why they gamble and provides strategies for tracking and managing gambling behaviours.

Application for additional 23 pokies at Club Ringwood withdrawn

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On 1 April 2022, Kilsyth & Mountain District Basketball Association Inc withdrew its application for approval to increase the number of pokies at Club Ringwood from 82 to 105.

Bingo: harmless fun or cause for concern?


While bingo is usually seen as a bit of harmless fun, researchers set out to understand how people from disadvantaged communities experience bingo, and what steps need to be taken to reduce the risk of harm.

In it to win it


New research examines how young adults use mobile phone sports betting. While sports betting apps normalise gambling, the data they gather can help us understand the potential for risks and harms. Do policy settings on sports app gambling need to change?

Make a game plan to help young people love the game


May is Love the Game month when the Foundation’s elite and community sporting partners unite and push back against the normalisation of sports betting among young people.

Commission refuses application for additional 10 pokies at Valley Inn Hotel in Geelong

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On 26 April 2022, the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission refused an application by A.P.D. Group Pty Ltd to increase the number of pokies at the Valley Inn Hotel in Geelong from 29 to 39.

948 gambling ads daily on Victorian free to air TV in 2021

New Nielsen data released today shows expenditure on gambling ads on Victorian free-to-air TV was more than three times the spend on alcohol advertising during 2021, and the number of gambling ads has skyrocketed.

A-League teams declare they’re in it for the game

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Melbourne Victory and Western United football clubs will be rivals on the field tomorrow, but off it they stand united with competitor clubs in New South Wales and South Australia against the intrusion of gambling promotions into their game. Five of Australia’s 12 A-League men’s clubs have signed up to gambling harm prevention programs in their respective states, making a commitment to refuse sports betting sponsorship and declaring that they’re ‘in it for the game’.

More Victorians choosing to talk to someone who gets it

The idea of talking to someone who gets it – a marketing approach adopted by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation last year to encourage help seeking – is...

Vic clubs renew vow to rid AFL of sports betting sponsorship

Victoria’s 10 AFL clubs and AFL Victoria have renewed their Love the Game (LTG) partnerships through to October 2024, by which time all will have been free of sports betting sponsorships for at least five years.

Love the game, not the odds

This piece was published in the Ballarat Courier on 8 March 2022. I refer to The Courier's 2 March 2022 sports betting advertorial and want to...

Bringing diverse experience and new ideas to the Board

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.

Commission approves application for 50 pokies at new venue in Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

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On 31 January and 1 and 3 February 2022, the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission heard an application by Bay Road Hotel Pty Ltd for a new gaming venue with 50 pokies at The Silk Lounge, 388 Lonsdale Street in Melbourne (City of Melbourne). On 14 February 2022, the commission approved the application with conditions.

Gambling and homelessness among older Victorians


Homelessness is one of the most severe gambling-related harms and older people appear to be more at risk. This study reviews existing research to better understand the link between gambling and homelessness, contributing factors, and the adequacy of current service responses.

Counting the cost of pokies


Two pieces of Foundation-funded research consider the risk factors associated with living close to a venue with electronic gaming machines. Does venue proximity have an effect on gambling behaviour or on the number of local personal insolvencies?

Gambling harm within the Australian Defence Force


The Foundation-funded Gambling problems among Australian military personnel after deployment: analyses of the Middle East Area of Operations Prospective Health Study is believed to be the first research...

Getting our priorities right

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The Foundation has released new strategic documents that will help our partners and stakeholders better understand how our decision making affects the programs and services we fund.

Gambling harm expert honoured – Australia Day awards

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The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation proudly congratulates Rosa Billi for her inclusion in the 2022 Australia Day Honours list. Ms Billi, who leads the Foundation’s Research & Evaluation branch, has been acknowledged with a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to community health in Victoria, particularly in the area of gambling harm.

Request for tender: 2022 Victorian Population Gambling and Health Study

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced contractor to undertake the 2022 Victorian Population Gambling and Health Study. The 2022 Victorian Population...

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