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News and media releases from 2023

Whole-of-school approach helps young people stay ahead of the game

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Education resources developed by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation help young people understand the risks associated with gambling and gaming. The Be Ahead of the Game program reflects the latest research into young people’s participation in, and attitudes towards, gambling, as well as changes in the marketing and technology landscape that are making gambling increasingly visible and accessible to young people.

The risky business of online gambling


The Foundation has released a discussion paper – Gambling harm and the online gambling environment – that identifies critical issues needing attention in order to strengthen efforts to prevent and reduce gambling harm.

A perfect storm: ADF veterans and gambling harm

Dr Olivia Metcalf

Recent Foundation-funded research on gambling harm among Australian Defence Force veterans is gaining widespread attention. Dr Olivia Metcalf explains the implications of some of the findings and where she hopes they might lead.

Shining a light on dark marketing

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We can’t avoid saturation levels of gambling advertising on free-to-air television. But there’s no public scrutiny of the targeted marketing of harmful products such as gambling going straight to mobile devices.

The ins and outs of cashless gambling

Luke Duffy

There’s a lot of talk about cashless gambling in the news. What is it, what are its predicted benefits and drawbacks, and where does Victoria sit on its potential implementation?

Victorians lose $1.58 billion on pokies in July - December 2022


On 27 January 2023, the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission released figures on pokies expenditure for the first half of the 2022-23 financial year. In total, $1.58 billion was lost in Victoria at the pokies between 1 July and 31 December 2022.

Australian Racing Fact Book 2021–2022 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 2021–2022 outlines the key results and statistics from the Australian thoroughbred sector. The fact book includes wagering turnover on thoroughbred racing.

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