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

Illegal overseas gambling sites not worth the risks (NSW)

NEW SOUTH WALES:  The NSW Office of Responsible Gambling (ORG) has urged people not to gamble using overseas gambling sites such as casino games and slot machines.

New App to help slow spread of Coronavirus (AUST)

NATIONAL:  The Australian Government has launched the new voluntary coronavirus app, COVIDSafe, an important public health initiative to help keep you, your family and your community safe from further spread of coronavirus through early notification of possible exposure.

Supporting Hospitality and Community Clubs (NT)

NORTHERN TERRITORY:  The Territory Labor Government is providing community clubs, pubs, hotels and casinos who support thousands of Territory jobs with taxation relief to support their businesses through the COVID-19 shut down.

Knowing the risks of online gambling: essential during pandemic shutdown (VIC)

VICTORIA:  The temporary closure of a range of businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic means that many Victorians who are required to stay at home for an extended period will be looking to fill a void in their lives.  The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation anticipates an increase...

Betting over S&P/ASX 200 index highlights failures in controls (AUST)

NATIONAL:  ASIC intervened when the betting agency Sportsbet began offering bets over the S&P/ASX 200 Index following concerns that the bets constituted a financial product that Sportsbet was not licensed to offer. The product was consequently withdrawn. 

New Lotteries laws to further support WA community in COVID-19

WESTERN AUSTRALIA:  Premier, Mark McGowan, says new laws to support Lotterywest retailers, players and the community will be introduced into the State Parliament today as part of further State Government measures to buffer the COVID-19 impact and inject more relief funding into the community. ...

Victoria Extends State of Emergency until 11 May (VIC)


Victoria has extended the State of Emergency directives to combat COVID-19.  The current stage three restrictions will now remain in place until at least midnight 11 May 2020.

$130 Billion JobKeeper payment passes the Parliament (AUST)

NATIONAL:  The Morrison Government’s $130 billion JobKeeper Payment was passed in Federal Parliament on 8 April 2020. This unprecedented level of financial support will save millions of jobs and keep businesses in business.  T

Lifeline for local pubs and clubs from CUB and the AHA (AUST)

NATIONAL:  Carlton & United Breweries and the Australian Hotels Association have teamed up to help Australian pubs and clubs survive the coronavirus crisis through the Love of Your Local campaign 

Support for Tasmania's Racing Industry

TASMANIA:  Jane Howlett, Tasmanian Minister for Racing, has announced suport for the racing industry today confirming a significant support package for the state’s racing industry of around $2 million per month. 

$50 million in tax relief for Queensland pubs and clubs (QLD)

QUEENSLAND:  The Palaszczuk Government has announced extra tax relief worth $50 million for Queensland pubs and clubs grappling with the effects of coronavirus.

Racing to cease in Tasmania

TASMANIA:  On 2 April the Tasmanian Government made the tough decision to cease all racing in the State from this point forward.

Pubs, clubs and Adelaide Oval benefit from Government's Jobs Rescue Package (SA)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA:  SA's pubs and clubs, the casino and the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority (SMA) are amongst the first organisations to benefit immediately from funding provided under the Marshall Liberal Government's $650m Jobs Rescue Package, designed to help save local jobs and...

Latest NSW gaming machine data released

NEW SOUTH WALES:  Liquor & Gaming NSW has issued its latest gaming machine data updates as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to transparency on gambling activity in local communities. The data reports can be viewed on their website and include:

Deferral of Government’s Gaming Policy (TAS)

TASMANIA:  The Tasmanian Minister for Finance announced on March 28 that, with casinos, pubs and clubs closed due to strict measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak, now is not the time to...