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
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...

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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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Youth Voice Heard in New Regional Gambling Harm Prevention Initiative (VIC)

VICTORIA: Bethany Community Support has a new project - "A Young Person's Message' to teach students about the risks associated with gambling. Chief Executive of the VRGF, Shane Lucas, said the foundation had been delighted to support this project with a Prevention Partnwership Program grant.

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Racing Queensland Board to continue racing reform agenda (QLD)

QUEENSLAND: Implementing the Palaszczuk Government's racing reform agenda will continue to be the focus of the Racing Queensland board, which includes at least one new face from 1 May.

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Cultural Connection to Reduce Gambling Harm (VIC)

VICTORIA: The Gambling Harm Across Cultures Forum was held in Wodonga on 4 April, 2019. It provided the opportunity for the region to hear from a range of speakers on gambling-related harm. In particular, the issues were looked at through the lens of culture, vulnerability and human rights.

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Supporting Canberra clubs to operate sustainably (ACT)

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY:  the ACT Government is making a substantial investment in Canberra's clubs to help diversify their business models via the creation of a Diversification and Sustainability Support Fund.

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VCGLR Supervision Charges Now Due (VIC)

VICTORIA:  Each financial year, gaming venue operators are required to pay a supervision charge to recover the costs of regulating the gaming industry in Victoria.

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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.

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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...

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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...

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