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News and media releases from 2023

Commission approves additional 12 pokies at Hotel 520 on Sayers

On 4 December 2023, the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission approved (with conditions) an application by Sayers Property Holdings Pty Ltd to increase the number of pokies at Hotel 520 on Sayers in Tarneit from 65 to 77.

Lived experiences of relapse

For people modifying their gambling behaviour, understanding that relapse is common can help reduce the stigma surrounding gambling harm, and build positive attitudes about help seeking.

No dead air: Schools Podcast Challenge

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Secondary school students in Melbourne’s west trained in media production and presentation while raising their awareness of the effects, risks and stigma associated with gambling harm.

You’re not in this alone

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The Foundation has released a new series of vodcasts, Let’s Talk Gambling, to share practical steps on how to support yourself or your loved ones through gambling harm.

Our year in review

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A review of work undertaken by the Foundation during 2023 demonstrated the breadth of work our staff and stakeholders have delivered to prevent and reduce gambling harm.

Addiction is not a brain disease – and it matters

Eli Kolter

Psychiatrist and psychotherapist Dr Eli Kotler considers the evolution of thinking about the brain and the mind and what it means for the understanding and treatment of addiction.

Gambling Harm Awareness Week 2023: community events wrap-up


The Foundation's partners in metropolitan and regional Victoria brought communities together during the week of 16–22 October to Talk. Share. Support. for Gambling Harm Awareness Week 2023.

New outcomes framework report sets baseline for addressing gambling harm in Victoria

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The Foundation’s Reducing gambling harm in Victoria: Outcomes framework baseline report 2022 is now available to download.

Parental factors and young people’s gambling

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A survey of young people about their use of both simulated and traditional gambling products found that early exposure to gambling is a risk factor for gambling harm.

Starting the conversation about gambling harm


The theme of this Gambling Harm Awareness Week is Talk. Share. Support. with an emphasis on starting a conversation with someone who may be experiencing gambling harm.

Growing wealth for First Nations clients

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Operating since 2006, the First Nations Foundation supports the financial aspirations of First Nations clients through education, locating millions of dollars of lost superannuation in the process.

Online gambling and limit setting

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A number of studies have looked at limit setting within Australia’s voluntary online gambling pre-commitment system, and considered whether it can effectively reduce gambling harm.

Gambling’s intergenerational burden

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Recent research has examined the ways children are harmed by their parents’ gambling with a survey canvassing the experiences of both children and parents in such households.

Worried about someone who gambles?

To mark the beginning of Gambling Harm Awareness Week (16–22 October 2023), Victorians are being encouraged to reach out and offer help and hope to those in our community who may be struggling with a gambling issue.

Latest edition of Australian Gambling Statistics

This edition of Australian Gambling Statistics contains 2020–2021 gambling statistics for all Australian states and territories.

Get ready for Gambling Harm Awareness Week 2023

With Gambling Harm Awareness Week 2023 fast approaching (16 to 22 October), we encourage you to get involved and support the week. A range of resources and a handy promotional toolkit is now available to download from our website to help you support and promote the week through your networks.

Submission to the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee of Parliament Inquiry

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).

Loving the game gets personal for Geelong superstar

Geelong Football Club Jeremy Cameron

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.

Commonwealth inquiry into online gambling reflects Victorian expertise

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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.

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