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.
Inquiry to hear from Alliance for Gambling Reform and people with lived experience of gambling harm
The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs' inquiry in online gambling and its impacts on those experiencing harm has announced it will hear from the Alliance for Gambling Reform and people with lived experience of gambling harm.
Date announced for betting limits on electronic gaming machines (WA)
A $10 betting limit will apply to Electronic Gaming Machines on the main floor at Crown Casino from 1 July 2023. Tracking of player gambling and time limits is also on the cards and further gambling harm minimisation strategies to be rolled out by December 2025.
Loot Boxes Bill introduced to Parliament
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
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.
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.
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...