This section contains links to media releases about gambling and responsible gambling from government, industry and other bodies in Australia and New Zealand.
Loot Boxes Bill introduced to Parliament: Andrew Wilkie
The Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Loot Boxes) Bill 2022 introduces mandatory classifications for video games with gambling type features. It requires classification of any game with loot boxes as R18+ or RC. It also requires clear labelling.
Government takes action to reduce gambling harm from electronic gaming machines (NZ)
NZ's Internal Affairs Minister Jan Tinetti has announced forthcoming changes to regulations to strengthen harm minimisation requirements in venues which have gaming machines.
It is expected that the new harm minimisation regulations for gaming machines will be in place in the first half of 2023....
Termination of the sale process for the WA TAB in interests of State
Gotterson Review: A statement from the Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman (QLD)
AUSTRAC orders audit of Sportsbet’s and Bet365’s compliance with financial crime laws
AUSTRAC has ordered the appointment of external auditors under section 162 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (AML/CTF Act) to assess compliance of two corporate bookmakers, Sportsbet Pty Ltd (Sportsbet) and Hillside (Australia New Media) Pty Limited (Bet365).
Landmark AIFS research provides a snapshot of Australian gambling behaviour and harm
The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) has released the latest findings from their landmark Ten to Men research series.
The report, Gambling participation and harm among Australian men, reveals how men gamble and the effects that gambling poses to men’s health and wellbeing
NSW Crime Commission outlines recommendations to crack down on significant criminal gaming activities in pubs and clubs
The introduction of a mandatory cashless gaming card and enhanced data collection measures are among a series of recommendations of an extensive inquiry led by the NSW Crime Commission to crack down on money laundering through Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs) in NSW pubs and clubs.
AHA national presidency changes hands (FED)
The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) have announced that highly respected National President Scott Leach (AHA NSW) has stood down.
AHA Victoria President David Canny was elected unopposed as the new National President and will lead the nation’s hotels as they recover from the impacts of the...
Landmark hotels and clubs agreement to combat problem gambling
The AHA NSW and ClubsNSW are advanced in the development of facial recognition technology to help problem gamblers. Dozens of clubs are already operating FRT systems and trials have been successfully completed in a number of NSW hotels.