This section contains links to media releases about gambling and responsible gambling from government, industry and other bodies in Australia and New Zealand.

28 November 2022

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.

23 November 2022

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.

07 November 2022

Termination of the sale process for the WA TAB in interests of State

The WA State Government has decided to terminate the process for the sale of the WA TAB. The State Government will retain ownership of the WA TAB and it will continue to be operated by Racing and Wagering Western Australia.

04 November 2022

Gotterson Review: A statement from the Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman (QLD)

Queensland's Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman has announced show cause notices have been issued to the licensees of The Star Gold Coast and Treasury Brisbane.

This follows the determination of the Gotterson Review regarding the conduct of operations at the casinos.


03 November 2022

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).

28 October 2022

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

27 October 2022

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.

20 October 2022

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...

19 October 2022

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.

17 October 2022

Star casino licence suspended (NSW)

In response to the revelations of the Bell Report, the NSW Independent Casino Commission (NICC) has decided to suspend The Star’s licence, fine the casino giant $100 million, and appoint a manager. The suspension comes into effect Friday 21 October.

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