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

30 March 2020

Deferral of Government’s Gaming Policy (TAS)

The Tasmanian Minister for Finance announced on March 28 that, with casinos, pubs and clubs closed due to strict measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak, now is not the time to progress the Government’s Future Gaming Markets policy.

29 March 2020

Primary schools teach children about gambling risks (UK)

Gambling risks and harms are now being taught in primary schools in the UK as part of their personal, social and health education (PSHE) curriculum. This comes as a report reveals an increase in young "problem" gamblers. The PSHE association has free materials on their website

25 March 2020

Tourism Accommodation Australia, Australian Hotels Association and the United Workers Union (UWU) work together to save jobs (NAT)

The national peak accommodation body - Tourism Accommodation Australia - has worked with the Australian Hotels Association and the United Workers Union (UWU) to successfully vary the Hospitality Industry General Award (HIGA) - helping to save jobs throughout the accommodation sector.

24 March 2020

Business Closures and Restrictions (QLD)

Minister for Health, Steven Miles, says to slow the spread of Coronavirus, some businesses are required to close or limit their operations.

24 March 2020

Employers and employees show cooperation is key (NAT)

Attorney-General Christian Porter, welcomed the joint approach of the United Workers Union (UWU) and the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) to vary the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010 in a practical, flexible, common-sense way to help businesses and save jobs during COVID-19.

23 March 2020

Cash Flow Assistance for Small Business (NAT)

The Australian Government have announced cash flow assistance measures for small/medium businesses to assist during the Coronavirus outbreak.

23 March 2020

Statement from the Premier on Stage One Shutdowns (VIC)

The businesses that will close due to the Stage 1 shutdown include pubs, clubs, nightclubs, Crown Casino, and licensed venues in hotels and pubs. It also includes gyms, indoor sporting venues, places of worship, cinemas and entertainment venues.

23 March 2020

Hotel Sector Shutdown - AHA Statement (NAT)

AHA National CEO and AGC Board Member Stephen Ferguson has made a statement today regarding the forced closure of all hotels in Australia (excluding accomodation). His full statement can be accessed here.

23 March 2020

Temporary closure of non-essential business in the ACT

The ACT Government will be enacting directions on the temporary closure of non-essential activities and businesses to help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

23 March 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Places of Social Gathering) Order 2020 (NSW)

NSW has issued an order to deal with the public health risk of COVID-19 and its possible consequences by giving a Ministerial direction that provides that certain non-essential venues be closed to members of the public except in limited circumstances.

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