This section contains links to media releases about gambling and responsible gambling from government, industry and other bodies in Australia and New Zealand.
AUSTRAC releases junket tour operations money laundering and terrorism financing risk assessment (FED)
AUSTRAC has launched its money laundering and terrorism financing (ML/TF) risk assessment of the junket tour operations (JTOs) sector. The Junket Tour Operations in Australia: Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Risk Assessment can be found on the AUSTRAC website.
Queen's Wharf Brisbane - the 100 weeks to go countdown is on (QLD)
The $3.6 billion, economy boosting, Queen’s Wharf Brisbane integrated resort will open in 100-weeks’ time. Deputy Premier and State Development Minister Steven Miles visited the site this morning where 50 bars, cafes and restaurants, four world-class hotels and up to 2,000 residential apartments...
Sustained drop in gambling frequency since pubs and clubs re-opened (FED)
A study presented at the Brain and Mind Centre Symposium 2020 shows that over six months from the early days of COVID-19 to November, gambling frequency reduced, signalling a window of opportunity post-pandemic. However, no changes were seen among those experiencing gambling problems.
Rule changes early Christmas present for NSW hotels and staff (NSW)
AHA NSW said the easing of restrictions announced by the NSW Government today were an early Christmas present for hotels, their loyal patrons and the thousands of people they employ. AHA NSW CEO John Whelan said moving to one person per 2sqm will immediately create more than 9,000 much-needed jobs...
Tabcorp ordered to pay $30,000 for advertising breach (NSW)
State Budget keeps Queensland Racing on track (QLD)
The 2020-21 Queensland State Budget will deliver a $42 million shot in the arm for Queensland’s racing industry. Racing Minister Grace Grace said the Budget spend includes $17.6 million for country racing clubs across Queensland as part of the six year $105.6 million Country Racing Program.
Cadets ‘racing’ towards promising careers in the industry (TAS)
Jane Howlett, Minister for Racing, says Tasmania’s racing industry is a vital part of the State’s social and economic vibrancy and it is important to provide career pathways for young people wanting to work in the industry.
Gambling Research Capacity Grants (NSW)
In 2021, the NSW Responsible Gambling Fund will provide funding for two full time PhD scholarships (or part time equivalent) to build capability and capacity for Australian gambling research. Study grants will also be available later in 2021, subject to the easing of current restrictions.
GambleAware launches problem gambling treatment survey (UK)
GambleAware has announced the commission of its 2nd Annual GB Treatment & Support Demand Survey to determine the barriers, take up & demand for problem gambling treatment & support in Great Britain, for those affected by either their own or someone else’s gambling. Results are due in Spring 2021.
Electronic registration mandate takes effect (NSW)
Venues must use electronic registration systems such as QR codes to record the names and contact details of patrons, or risk serious penalties, under new COVID-19 rules. Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said electronic registrations are easy to use and will help authorities with rapid...