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
Addressing the blurry line between monetised gaming and gambling (VIC)

VICTORIA:  The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has joined in partnership with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation to pilot a program to help educate parents on the topic of online gaming and gambling.  The pilot program extends to 12 schools and aims to provide parents with practical...

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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation: New CEO Announced

VICTORIA:  The Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Marlene Kairouz, has announced the appointment of Shane Lucas as the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation's new Chief Executive Officer.

Australia/NZ
Funding boost for research into harm from gambling (VIC)

VICTORIA:  The Victorian Government has announced funding for five new projects, under the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Grants for Gambling Research Program, to support the work of early career researchers.  Projects cover an array of subjects including the gambling experiences of...

Australia/NZ
14 day verification rules to protect young people & vulnerable gamblers (FED)

From 26th February, 2019, new national rules come into force that reduce the customer verification period for new online wagering consumers from 90 days to a maximum of 14 days. Quicker customer verification means that online wagering providers will be able to reduce the risk of underage or self...

Australia/NZ
Early delivery: almost 1000 fewer pokie machines in the ACT community before 2020 target (ACT)

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY: ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsey announced that the maximum number of gaming machines that can be operated in the Territory has been reduced to 4,012.

Australia/NZ
Cashless gaming commences at Victorian venues (VIC)

VICTORIA: Recent changes enable Victorian hotels and clubs to now provide cashless gaming. The new standards allow for machines to accept both player tickets and gaming cards.

Australia/NZ
Review looks to future of gambling (SA)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Following on from a major overhaul of gambling-related barring orders, the South Australian Government has begun seeking views from industry and the non-Government sector on the future of gambling regulation in South Australia.

Australia/NZ
Same-day barring orders to better protect problem gamblers (SA)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA:  Changes to the way gambling barring orders are processed are making it easier for South Australians who are either experiencing or are at risk of gambling harm.  Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman said the state’s gambling regulator, Consumer and Business Services, has overhauled...

Australia/NZ
Responsible gambling fund to deliver 'smart' support (NSW)

NEW SOUTH WALES:  Minister for Racing Paul Toole has announced that Deakin University is to develop the first intervention apps for mobiles in Australia aimed at supporting people who want to take control of their gambling.  The NSW Government will invest $436,000 towards the project as part of...

Australia/NZ
WA households and racing industry win big as Point of Consumption wagering tax is passed (WA)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Online corporate bookmakers will now pay tax on their operations in Western Australia, after legislation passed through the...

Australia/NZ
First National Consumer Protection Framework for Online Wagering (FED)

NATIONAL:  Commonwealth and state and territory governments have launched the National Consumer Protection Framework (National Framework) for Online Wagering in Australia, which will provide stronger consumer protections for Australians gambling online.

Australia/NZ
ACT announces plan to reduce poker machines operating in the Territory

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRTORY:  The ACT Government has set out a plan for the reduction of poker machines operating in the Territory to 4,000 by 2020. 

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...

Australia/NZ
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.

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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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