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

12 March 2018

Pokie numbers will not rise under new laws (NSW)

NSW Minister for Racing Paul Toole has clarified that EGM numbers in NSW will not rise under proposed new laws.  About 20% of NSW will become a 'no go' zone for additional machines, ensuring the number of machines in these high-risk areas can only ever fall. 

07 March 2018

Consultation with racing industry to begin on TAB future (WA)

The Minister for Racing and Gaming and the Treasurer say the detailed analysis of the TAB conducted by Treasury and its commercial advisor, Investec has been finalised. It provides options for how a transaction could be structured to ensure it is in the best interests of both State and industry. 

07 March 2018

Local community caps on gaming machines (NSW)

The NSW Government will cap the number of gaming machines in communities, as part of reforms including an overhaul of the Local Impact Assessment (LIA) scheme that regulates gaming machine movements to deliver more transparency, community consultation and greater certainty for industry.

15 February 2018

Campaign encourages Western Australians to 'Show Gambling Who's Boss' (WA)

The Problem Gambling Support Services Committee has launched a major advertising campaign to encourage people affected by problem gambling to access free and confidential counselling services.  The 'Show Gambling Who's Boss' campaign is funded by the PGSSC.

02 February 2018

Gaming Technologies Association welcomes Federal Court judgment in poker machine case (NAT)

The Gaming Technologies Association (GTA) today welcomes Justice Mortimer's ruling in favour of Aristocrat and Crown in the Federal Court which marks a line in the sand that should end the campaign of myth and misinformation that has been waged against the industry.

01 February 2018

Melbourne Cup Carnival Keeps Victoria Ahead of the Pack (VIC)

Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren has hailed the results of the 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival economic impact study, released  by the Victoria Racing Club noting that the Melbourne Cup Carnival delivered record visitor numbers and an economic windfall to Victoria. 

19 January 2018

Government bolsters Responsible Gambling Fund (NSW)

Nine experts in public health, law, government, business and social research will advise the NSW Government on RG. The Responsible Gambling Fund Trust will play a key role in helping the Government develop evidence-based and innovative approaches to prevent and reduce gambling harms. 

16 January 2018

Gambling, EGM expenditure down according to latest independent study (TAS)

The Tasmanian Treasurer has said gambling in Tasmania has continued to decline. "The SEIS study finds that overall participation in gambling in Tasmania has declined from 61.2 per cent in 2013 (SEIS3) to 58.5 per cent in 2017." The full report is available at

16 January 2018

Release of Fourth Social and Economic Impact Study in Tasmania (TAS)

The fourth impact of gambling in Tasmania study was released January 2018, undertaken by a  consortium comprising by ACIL Allen Consulting, Deakin University, Central Queensland and the Social Research Centre.  

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