Know the odds

Know the odds before you gamble or place a bet and never bet more than you can afford to lose. 

Knowing and accepting the odds can help you keep your gambling for enjoyment and entertainment purposes. 

For more information, please refer to the Understanding the Odds section of this website.

Set a limit on expenditure that is affordable for you

It is important to know your budget for entertainment and plan how much you want to spend in any gambling session.

Only gamble with money that is not needed for necessities such as bills, rent, food, etc. and avoid chasing any losses.

A number of gambling providers offer tools that can help you stick to your planned time and/or expenditure limits.

For more information please refer to the Awareness Programs & Tools section of this website.


Keep track of your time and expenditure on gambling

Knowing how much time and money you're spending on gambling can help you to keep your gambling in balance with other activities or responsibilities that are important  to you - such as time with family and friends, saving for an item or holiday, or work and study commitments.

You can download tools for personal record keeping such as the Stay on Track App or use a Gambling Calculator to gauge how much you're spending on gambling over time.

For more information please refer to the Awareness Programs & Tools section of this website.


Take breaks

Taking a break can be a good way of ensuring you maintain control over your gambling.

Taking breaks in a gambling session to get a cup of coffee, or a bite to eat can give you time to pause and reflect on your activity.

If you feel you may benefit from a lengthier break from gambling, there are tools and programs that can assist.

You can find more information under the Self-Help and Self-Exclusion Programs sections of this website.


Know the signs of risky or problem gambling and where to find support

  • Do you bet more than you can really afford to lose?
  • Do you need to gamble with larger amounts of money to get the same feeling of excitement?
  • Do you go back another day to try to win back the money you lost?
  • Do you borrow money or sell things to get money to gamble?
  • Do you feel that you might have a problem with gambling?
  • Do people criticise your betting or tell you that you have a gambling problem, whether or not you think it's true?
  • Do you feel guilty about the way you gamble or what happens when you gamble?
  • Does your gambling cause you any health problems, including stress or anxiety?
  • Does your gambling cause any financial problems for you or your household?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, your gambling could be becoming risky or you could be experiencing problems.

If you feel you are experiencing gambling problems, or have worries about your gambling for any reason - or at any time - help is always available.

For more information please refer to the Seeking Help section of this website.


Helpful Links and Resources:

Understanding the Odds

Awareness Programs & Tools

Seeking Help

GambleAware NSW - Gamble More Safely

Gambling Help Queensland - Tips to Avoid Risky Gambling

Gambling Help Online - Gambling Responsibly