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

Pokie numbers will not rise under new laws (NSW)

NEW SOUTH WALES:  NSW Minister for Racing Paul Toole has clarified that EGM numbers in NSW will not rise under proposed new laws.  “About 20 per cent of NSW will become a ‘no go’ zone for additional machines, ensuring the number of machines in these high-risk areas can only ever fall,” Mr Toole...

Consultation with racing industry to begin on TAB future (WA)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA:  Minister for Racing and Gaming, Paul Papalia, and Treasurer Ben Wyatt, say the detailed analysis of the TAB conducted by Treasury and its commercial advisor, Investec has been finalised.

Local community caps on gaming machines (NSW)

NEW SOUTH WALES:  The NSW Government has announced it will cap the number of gaming machines in communities, including around Fairfield, as part of reforms including an overhaul of the Local Impact Assessment (LIA) scheme that regulates gaming machine movements....

ALH Media Statement (NAT)

NATIONAL:  ALH Group Media Statement released 28 February 2018.

Campaign encourages Western Australians to 'Show Gambling Who's Boss'

WESTERN AUSTRALIA:  The Problem Gambling Support Services Committee has launched a major advertising campaign to encourage people affected by problem gambling to access free and confidential counselling services.  The 'Show Gambling Who's Boss' campaign is funded by the Problem Gambling Support...

Gaming Technologies Association welcomes Federal Court judgment in poker machine case (NAT)

NATIONAL:  The Gaming Technologies Association (GTA) today welcomes Justice Mortimer’s ruling in favour of Aristocrat and Crown in the Federal Court which marks a line in the sand that should end the campaign of myth and misinformation that has been waged against the industry.

Melbourne Cup Carnival Keeps Victoria Ahead of the Pack

VICTORIA: Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren has hailed the results of the 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival economic impact study, released  by the Victoria Racing Club noting that the Melbourne Cup Carnival delivered record visitor numbers and an economic windfall to VIctoria. 

Government bolsters Responsible Gambling Fund (NSW)

NEW SOUTH WALES:  Nine highly-qualified experts in public health, law, government, business and social research will advise the NSW Government on responsible gambling.

Gambling, EGM expenditure down according to latest independent study (TAS)

TASMANIA:  Tasmnaian Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, has said that gambling in Tasmania has continued to decline, according to the latest SEIS study. "The report finds that overall participation in gambling in Tasmania has declined from 61.2 per cent in 2013 (SEIS3) to 58.5 per cent in 2017.

Release of Fourth Social and Economic Impact Study in Tasmania

TASMANIA:  The Tasmanian Gaming Control Act 1993 requires that an independent review of the social and economic impact of gambling in Tasmania is conducted every three years.  The Fourth impact study was released January 2018 undertaken by a  consortium comprising by ACIL Allen...