Gambling is strictly regulated by age in all Australasian jurisdictions. A person must be 18 years of age to gamble in hotel/club venues, casinos, TABs, to buy lottery products or to access legally available online gambling services.
Research shows however that young people may become aware of gambling at an early age - and that those who gamble while underage are more likely to experience problems, both in youth and in later life.
A number of gambling education programs have been designed and are in use throughout Australia.
The following section provides links to gambling education publications, educative resources and/or sites where Australian resources can be located.
Children and Gambling Watch List
The Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) provide a list of apps/games and information about any gambling themed content. The Children and Gambling Watch List is a part of the Know Before You Load project funded by the Attorney General’s Department of South Australia.
More information on the Children and Gambling Watch List is available via the link provided.
Gambling is No Game
This site provides information about key actions underway in South Australia help keep young South Australians safe in the online world and reduce their exposure to simulated gambling games.
The site includes tips for parents on cyber saftey for children - as well as information and research about young people, online activities and gambling.http://nogame.com.au/
Know Your Odds
Know Your Odds is designed to raise awareness of responsible gambling by educating young people on how gambling and games of chance work.
Information is delivered via brief video clips on the various subjects presented.
Love the Game, Not the Odds: School Education Program
Provided by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, the School Education Program is a free prevention initiative that supports secondary school communities to foster healthy and informed attitudes to gambling. The School Education Program offers: free face-to-face information sessions for teachers, parents and students; units of work aligned with curriculum objectives across multiple subjects, and useful resources for parents.
Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation: Young People and Gambling
The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation's website provides information and resources specifically designed for parents, schools and sporting clubs, including details of the educational programs provided by the Foundation