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
Lottery ticket sellers boosted by increased commissions (VIC)

The Andrews Government has made changes to the way lottery tickets are sold. Around 750 news and lottery agents will now receive increased commission rates through digital ticket sales.Tabcorp's new strategy aims to reward distributors for their role in the conduct of public lotteries.  

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New Zealand launches consultation on igaming regulation

The New Zealand government has launched a public consultation to guage public support for regulating new forms of online gambling. It is also looking for views on measures to minimise gambling harms. The public and industry stakeholders are asked to share their thoughts.

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WA wins with Lotterywest record return to the community (WA)

The WA State government has announced that record Lotterywest sales for the 2018/19 financial year will result in a 15% increase to statutory grants for health, sport and arts programs.

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New study to look at wider impact of gambling (NAT)

NATIONAL:  The Australian National University (ANU) has announced a new study that will explore appropriate support and help for partners or family members of those that may be affected by their gambling.  The study, to be conducted by the ANU's Centre for Gambling Research, is currently looking...

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Community grants on offer in latest funding round (QLD)

QUEENSLAND:  Community organisations can apply for funding of up to $35,000 under the latest round of Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) grants which is now open.

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New Gambling Advertising Code (NZ)

The code is made up of 3 parts: the principles, the rules and guidelines. The principles are social responsibility and truthful presentation. The code comes into effect on 5 August 2019 for new ads, and 4 November 2019 for all ads.

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Tackling gambling harm to improve mental health and equity (NZ)

On the 28 June 2019, the New Zealand government announced its updated national strategy to prevent and minimise gambling harm. The strategy aligns with the mental health and addiction initiatives in Budget 2019.

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Technology at centre of responsible gambling grants (NSW)

A website to allow problem gamblers to self exclude from multiple venues, plus new online courses on responsible gambling are some of the innovative projects supported by $1.3 million funding from the NSW Office of Responsible Gambling. 

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Not-for-profit organisations statewide benefit from $1.2M (QLD)

QUEENSLAND:  Almost $1.2 million in grants will be invested in Queensland communities to celebrate the 25th year of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF).

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New package of initiatives to provide for Lotterywest retailers (WA)

WA Premier Mark McGowan has announced that retailer commissions on Lotterywest sales will increase by 10.8% from December 2019. The increase is part of a package to boost sales of Lotterywest products.

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Online and telephone gambling restrictions start from 26 May 2019 (VIC)

From 26 May 2019, online or telephone betting operators providing interactive wagering/betting services to Victorian residents must comply with new requirements.

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Community members to share experiences of harm from online gambling to help others (NSW)

NEW SOUTH WALES:  The Gambling Impact Society (GIS) has launched its Lived Experience Project to help the community better understand harms linked to online gambling by hearing from people with first-hand experience.  The project, funded by the NSW Office of Responsible Gambling, is seeking...

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Corporate bookies ‘wrong’ on betting operations tax impact, concludes independent report (SA)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA:  Claims made by corporate bookies and others that a significant reduction in the betting operations tax (BOT) rate would lead to an overall increase in wagering revenues to Government have been dismissed as wrong by an independent report.

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Marshall Government commits $24 million for racing industry stimulus package (SA)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: The SA State Government has announced a significant $24 million stimulus package for South Australia’s racing industry, to help protect local jobs and boost the industry to become more competitive.

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Fighting Gambling Harm Across Victoria

VICTORIA:  Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz has announced $49 million in funding for the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation to be used to administer the Local Gambler's Help Program over three years.

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