In the News - Australia / New Zealand

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

In the News

Australia/NZ
Gambling regulation reforms pass State Parliament (SA)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA:  The State Government has announced the passage of legislation to progress reforms to the way the gambling sector in South Australia is regulated.  As of 1 December 2018 the Independent Gambling Authority will cease operations and all regulatory and policy activity will be...

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Green light for Star's $2 billion Gold Coast masterplan (QLD)

QUEENSLAND:  Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the approval of plans for an expansion of The Star Gold Coast worth more than $2 billion, and the potential to create some 10,000 jobs for Queenslanders.

Australia/NZ
Deal puts racing industry on right track to sustainability (QLD)

QUEENSLAND:  Under a new deal, prize money levels for Queensland thoroughbred TAB race meetings will increase by $26 million in exchange for a commitment from the...

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Fundraising made easier in NSW

NEW SOUTH WALES:  Charities will now be able to raise money with far less hassle under red tape reduction reforms passed in Parliament today.  Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said games such as raffles, art unions, bingo and sweeps will all benefit from a streamlined administration...

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New tax to help fund gambling harm measures (NSW)

NEW SOUTH WALES:  The NSW Government has announced that the Responsible Gambling Fund will be allocated $5 million per year following the introduction of the State's new Point of Consumption Tax on online wagering, to commence 1 January 2019. 

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New Lotterywest and Healthway chairperson appointed (WA)

WEStERN AUSTRALIA:  Premier Mark McGowan and Health Minister Roger Cook have welcomed the appointment of new Lotterywest and Healthway chairperson, Professor Peter Klinken AC.  Professor Klinken will assume his role as chairperson this week for a three-year term - leading the Lotterywest and...

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Building stronger communities (NSW)

NEW SOUTH WALES:  The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ClubsNSW that recognises the role clubs play in communities, especially in regional and rural NSW.  The MoU has been signed by the Premier, the Deputy Premier and the Minister for Racing,...

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Certainty for the WA racing industry with historic reform package (WA)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Following consultation with the racing industry and other stakeholders, the State Government will move forward with the sale of the WA TAB....

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Innovative local approaches to gambling harm (VIC)

VICTORIA: Victoria’s inaugural Gambling Harm Awareness Week (8–14 October) was today launched by the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Marlene Kairouz, at an event that showcased innovative community approaches to tackling gambling harm. 

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Time to talk responsible gambling (WA)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Western Australians are encouraged to reflect on healthy gambling behaviours and practices as Responsible Gambling Awareness Week kicks off.  The week is running from 8-14 October and is ...

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Tackling gambling harm through community conversation (ACT, VIC)

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY & VICTORIA: Gambling Harm Awareness Week, 8–14 October 2018 in the ACT and Victoria, provides an opportunity to talk openly about what gambling harm is, how it affects the community, what can be done to prevent it, and how to support those affected by it.

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Australian Government to consider issues associated with a Casino on Christmas Island (FED)

NATIONAL:  Assistant Minister for Regional development and Territories, Sussan Ley, has announced that there will be consultation on issues associated with a casino on Christmas Island and the development of a proposal to inform a decision by the Australian Government.

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Point of Consumption revenue to support racing, sport and health (QLD)

QUEENSLAND:  Racing infrastructure, and key community programs like the gambling help line, emergency helicopter services and kids’ sports will benefit from funding from revenue generated by changes to taxes on...

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Wagering turnover increase on Tasmanian racing (TAS)

TASMANIA: In 2017/18 national wagering on Tasmanian racing grew by more than 12 per cent to $576 million, building on growth of nearly 9 per cent achieved during the previous financial year. 

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McGowan government delivers on promise to ban synthetic lotteries (WA)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: The McGowan Government will today introduce new laws to ban online lottery betting organisations such as Lottoland and minimise harm to at-risk gamblers in Western Australia...

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