This section contains links to media releases about gambling, responsible gambling and harm minimisation from government, industry and other bodies in Australia and New Zealand.
Pokies to be made cashless in 2028 under historic changes (NSW)
The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government has today launched a comprehensive plan to make every poker machine cashless by 31 December 2028, in response to the NSW Crime Commission’s report into money laundering in electronic gaming machines.
New RCG Training starts 1 February (NSW)
From February 1, new and improved Responsible Conduct of Gambling training will be available across NSW. More information on the new training framework can be found on the website of Liquor and Gaming NSW
CDU receives funds to survey people in the NT on their experience with gambling
A new Charles Darwin University (CDU) survey will seek to obtain an accurate snapshot of the experience of gambling in the Northern Territory.
CDU received almost $750,000 from the NT Community Benefit Fund to survey gambling patterns.
NSW clubs in favour of cashless payment options for pokies
ClubsNSW and its member clubs support cashless gaming technology. “We know that society is moving towards a cashless economy, which is why we already have a digital wallet trial underway,” ClubsNSW Chairman Dr George Peponis said.
New year, new round of super-sized grants for Queensland communities
Queensland community and not-for-profit organisations can now apply for a super-sized grant of up to $100,000 under the Gambling Community Benefit Fund’s (GCBF) annual Super Round.
For more information on how to apply visit: https://www.justice.qld.gov.au/initiatives/community-grants
NSW to reform casino tax rates
Casino tax arrangements will be reformed by the NSW Government to help fund vital services.
The proposed increases are anticipated to commence on 1 July 2023 and include tax rates on what casinos earn from gaming tables and poker machines.
Warning against illegal trade promotion lotteries (SA)
South Australians are being warned to be on the lookout for unlicensed trade promotion lotteries, following concerns about an increase in unlawful activity around Australia.
AUSTRAC action against SkyCity Casino (SA)
AUSTRAC has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court against the operators of the SkyCity Adelaide Casino.
AUSTRAC continues to work with SkyCity to ensure it complies with its obligations under the AML/CTF Act and to ensure it continues to meet its obligations in the future.
Statewide campaign to kickstart careers in hospitality (NSW)
The NSW Government has launched a major recruitment campaign to help ease staff shortages across the hospitality industry. The Kickstart Your Career in Hospitality campaign will showcase the industry and highlight the range of long-term career options available throughout the sector.
Huge boosts for Queensland racing
Racing clubs across regional Queensland will share in $2.6 million of infrastructure funding thanks to the last round of the Country Racing Program.
The Country Racing Program helps country racing clubs by providing assistance for important upgrades and maintenance.