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
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).

Australia/NZ
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.

Australia/NZ
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.

Australia/NZ
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...

Australia/NZ
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.

Australia/NZ
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.

Australia/NZ
Reducing Harm From Gambling and Supporting Communities (VIC)

The 2019/20 Victorian Budget includes $153 million to help the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation tackle gambling harm prevention through better treatment, support and behaviour change programs - including...

Australia/NZ
Families and Youth at Centre of Responsible Gambling Grants (NSW)

NEW SOUTH WALES: Five universities will share in almost $400,000 funding from the NSW Office of Responsible Gambling for research to help prevent and reduce gambling harms.

Australia/NZ
Stronger Online Wagering Regulations Come into Force (SA)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA:  Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman has announced a range of new measures to be implemented through South Australia's Gambling Codes of Practice to ensure a consistent national approach to the regulation of interactive wagering.  The new measures come in to effect as of 26 May...

Australia/NZ
Online Gambling Restrictions to Reduce Consumer Harm (VIC)

The Victorian Government has announced that from 26 May 2019, online betting operators must comply with strict requirements for betting account deposit limits, restrictions on direct marketing and a ban on perks that encourage consumers to continue betting.

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Mindful Gambling Improves Wellbeing Campaign (VIC)

VICTORIA: The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation is running a new campaign - "Think...is that true for you?" The campaign encourages consumers to pause and reflect on whether there is a connection between the stress they may be feeling and their gambling.

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Historic Racing Reforms One Step Closer (WA)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: The McGowan Government introduced a Bill into State Parliament on the 15th May, 2019 that will enable the sale of the Western Australian TAB. The Bill includes a reform package for the WA racing industry.

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More South Australians rolling the dice online

SOUTH AUSTRALIA:  A new State Government report surveying the gambling behaviours of more than 20,000 South Australians has found the number of people betting online has almost tripled in recent years.

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New code for responsible gambling advertising (NZ)

NEW ZEALAND:  The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has released a new Gambling Advertising Code following a review of the Code for Advertising Gaming and Gambling.  The new code will be effective from 5 August 2019 for new gambling ads and from 4 November all gambling ads will need to...

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