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

16 April 2021

New Multicultural Support for People Experiencing Gambling Harm

A new multicultural service provided by Settlement Services International (SSI) and funded by the VRGF has been established.

Multicultural Gambling Harm Prevention Services (MGHPS) aims to provide confidential, in-language counselling support that is informed by culture.

12 April 2021

Announcement of new service providers for GambleAware service across NSW

GambleAware Providers will provide community engagement, support, counselling & treatment to people experiencing gambling harm & those affected by other people’s gambling across 10 regions in NSW from 1 July 2021. 

06 April 2021

UKGC launches three-year Corporate Strategy and annual Business Plan (UK)

The strategy sets out the Commission’s focus for 2021-24. The 5 priority areas are: protecting children & the vulnerable; a fairer market & informed consumers; keeping crime out of gambling; optimising National Lottery returns to good causes & improving gambling regulation.

31 March 2021

Macarthur FC and Sydney Swans set to reclaim the game from betting advertising (NSW)

The Sydney Swans and A-League club Macarthur FC have pledged to partner with the Office of Responsible Gambling to raise awareness of gambling issues and turn down gambling sponsorships.

30 March 2021

Investigating Impacts Of COVID-19 On Gambling Harm (VIC)

The Andrews Government is investing in research to examine the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the gambling environment, & the implications for associated behaviours & harm. The VRGF will provide $600,000 to support research into the theme ‘Gambling in Victoria in 2020 - COVID-19 & beyond’.

29 March 2021

Call for public submissions for the Royal Commission into Crown (VIC)

The Royal Commission into the Casino Operator and Licence has opened its public submission process, inviting community members and organisations to contribute their views, ideas and experiences to inform the Royal Commission’s work. Submissions will be accepted until 4.00pm on 26 April 2021.

15 March 2021

December 2020 shows record high spending at pokie machines (NZ)

The latest quarterly statistics have been published by the Dept of Internal Affairs. Overall, 2020 saw 13.6% decrease in yearly Gaming Machine Profits, equalling around NZ$128m. Venues & machines have fallen consistently since 2015, some of which may be attributable to 2020’s COVID-19 restrictions.

09 March 2021

GambleAware launches next phase of the ‘Tap Out’ Bet Regret Campaign (UK)

GambleAware has launched the second part of its ‘Tap Out’ safer gambling campaign. With the line ‘Tap out. Take a moment. Avoid Bet Regret’, the campaign provides bettors with a mental aid to help cut out impulsive bets, helping them to pause & think before place a bet.

05 March 2021

Royal Commission to be held into Crown Perth’s suitability to hold licence (WA)

Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia, says Western Australia will hold a Royal Commission into the suitability of Crown Perth to continue holding a casino gaming licence following the findings of the Bergin Inquiry.

03 March 2021

VCGLR consultation on delivery of education programs (VIC)

The VCGLR wants to expand its education program (which includes campaigns, developing tools and resources, and engagement), to help licensed venues remain compliant. The survey is open until 12 March 2021. It can be accessed here.

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