News and media releases from 2023
The Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission has received an application from Sayers Property Holdings Pty Ltd to increase the number of pokies at Hotel 520 on Sayers, located at 520 Sayers Road in Tarneit (City of Wyndham), from 65 to 77.
Victorians lose $3.022 billion on pokies in 2022-23
Submission to the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC) of Parliament Inquiry into the Victorian Auditor-General’s reports no. 99: Follow up of Regulating Gambling and Liquor (2019) and no. 213: Reducing the Harm Caused by Gambling (2021).
Three-time All-Australian, Geelong premiership player and new dad Jeremy Cameron today reaffirmed his commitment as an ambassador for the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s Love the Game program.
The Foundation’s CEO, Shane Lucas, agreed to a Q&A session on the recent inquiry into online gambling and its impacts on those experiencing gambling harm, drawing attention to how closely the 31 recommendations reflect the Foundation’s expert advice on preventing and reducing gambling harm.
The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has welcomed the report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs inquiry into online gambling and its impacts on those experiencing gambling harm.
Primary schools can now access The Bridge, an innovative program that helps children understand the risks associated with online gaming and empowers them, through knowledge and critical thinking skills, to safely navigate the virtual gaming world. The Bridge is a curriculum-aligned program for upper primary students (years 5 and 6) that explores the risks of online games, some of which include gambling-like elements designed to keep players engaged and spending money. The program gives children an awareness of, and the tools to manage, the risks of online gaming and help protect them when they encounter gambling.
The Foundation’s Love the Game’ month and Be Ahead of the Game schools program keep young people front and centre as we push back against the normalisation of gambling.
As Gambler’s Help services continue to expand their knowledge of the effect gambling and intimate partner violence can have on each other, a therapeutic counsellor shares her insights.
As community alarm grows about gambling devices appearing in video games aimed at young people, research explores the links between gaming among adolescents and their gambling as young adults.
In response to a marked increase in GP visits in the Latrobe Valley from people experiencing loneliness, an innovative new project is ‘prescribing’ sport and recreational activities.
Financial Counselling Australia’s Lauren Levin recently travelled to eight European countries on a Churchill Fellowship to better understand their gambling harm prevention measures and what Victoria can learn.
Collingwood legend and new Love the Game ambassador Scott Pendlebury is disturbed that saturation advertising is making kids think gambling on sport is part of the game.
A multi-code event in Point Cook marked the beginning of 2023's Love the Game month, with emerging Hawthorn star Mitch Lewis; Melbourne Rebels’ players Ray Nu'u, Max Johnson and Michaela Maunsell; Melbourne United’s Shea Ili; North Melbourne AFLW players Jenna Bruton and Jasmine Garner; and juniors from the Point Cook Bulldogs.
On 19 April 2023, the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission approved (with conditions) an application by GRHO Pty Ltd to increase the number of pokies at the Grosvenor Hotel in Balaclava from 22 to 62.
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 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.