Collaborating with others is vital to achieving our objectives. We work with a multitude of organisations and individuals across Victoria to address gambling harm as well as to reduce the risks for people not yet experiencing harm.
These relationships also allow us to exchange ideas and learn from different perspectives and experiences so we can develop more effective ways to reduce harm.
We have formal partnerships with some organisations and more informal collaborative relationships with others. Our formal and informal partners include:
Gambler’s Help community and health organisations
The Foundation is committed to offering Victorians experiencing gambling harm a suite of assistance options. This ranges from telephone services, online self-help, peer support, to in-person counselling. We partner with organisations to offer specialist support for Aboriginal communities, as well as culturally appropriate and in-language support for culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Community engagement programs are run to raise awareness of gambling risks and harms, promote Gambler’s Help services, and deliver prevention activities with a focus on at-risk populations.
Our state-wide partnership with Alfred Health delivers the Mental Health and Gambling Harm Program, a multidisciplinary service that supports clients experiencing mental health and gambling difficulties.
We also work closely with other relevant public health and welfare services, recognising that most people experiencing gambling harm have at least one co-occurring condition.
View the list of Gambler’s Help services.
Local organisations and community groups
The Foundation supports community-led initiatives that aim to prevent and reduce gambling harm. We provide funding to local governments, community-based, not-for-profit, and public health organisations to deliver innovative place-based projects in diverse communities across Victoria. Project aims include: raising awareness of the risks of gambling; providing alternative recreational activities; reducing the stigma of gambling harm; and encouraging people experiencing gambling harm to seek support. We fund pilot projects and the continuation or expansion of successful pilots.
Find out more about the organisations delivering community-led prevention projects.
Sporting clubs, leagues and peak bodies
We work with state sporting organisations, peak bodies, local and elite sporting clubs to interrupt the normalisation of gambling in sport by reducing the exposure of young people to sports betting advertising. Through our Love the Game Sporting Club Program, partners encourage role models and other influential adults to have conversations with young people about the risks associated with sports betting and to inspire kids to love the game, not the odds.
Schools and youth-based organisations
Our School Education Program works with school communities and youth-based organisations across Victoria to help young people understand the risks of gambling and develop informed attitudes towards gambling as they approach adulthood.
Our education partners include:
Universities and other research institutions
Our research partners are crucial to improving our understanding of gambling harm and our efforts to prevent and respond to it. We fund universities and other institutions to undertake independent studies through our research program. We also regularly exchange ideas and share findings with the academic community, and draw on its expertise in formulating our research directions.
Our main research partners are:
As a statutory authority funded by the Victorian Government, we work closely with local, state and federal governments to exchange information and ensure measures to reduce gambling harm are shaped by the latest evidence and data.
Our government stakeholders include:
- Victorian Department of Justice and Community Safety
- Municipal Association of Victoria
- Office of the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation
- Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission
- Victorian Local Governance Association
- Victoria Police
- local councils across Victoria.
Gambling industry bodies
We work with gambling industry representatives and organisations to support them to reduce the risk of harm for customers and provide support where appropriate. This includes providing training to staff in gaming venues and ensuring customers have access to information on seeking help if they need it.
The major peak gambling industry bodies we work with are: