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National Consumer Protection Framework for Online Wagering

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.

The framework provides 10 nationally consistent minimum protections for consumers of Australian interactive wagering services that will  be implemented over the next 18 months.

For more information about these measures go to: Australian Government Department of Social Services

NAGS 28th Annual Conference

The National Association for Gambling Studies (NAGS) will be hosting its 28th Annual Conference at Brisbane this year from 21-23 November.  

The theme of the conference is ‘New perspectives and practice:  Insights from gamblers, treatment-providers, government, industry, community services, and academia’ and registration remains open for the conference with a draft program now available.

For more information about NAGS and the 28th NAGS Annual Conference go to https://nags.org.au/

Gambling Harm Awareness Week - South Australia

Gambling Harm Awarenes Week is on in South Australia this year from 22-28 October 2018. 

The week is focussing on online gambling and services in SA have created a variety of resources and events such as animated videos, social media campaigns, handbooks, performances, workshops, forums, webinars and community events.

Find out more about GHAW in South Australia here

Gambling Harm Awareness Week and Responsible Gambling Awareness Week

Gambling Harm Awareness Week is on during 8–14 October 2018 in both the ACT and Victoria.  

In NSW, and WA Responsible Gambling Awareness Week will be held across the same dates.

The week is designed to encourage community discussions about gambling harm and responsible gambling practices.

Find out more about Gambling Harm Awareness Week in Victoria here

Find out more about Gambling Harm Awareness Week in the ACT here

Find out more about Responsible Gambling Awareness Week in NSW here

National Association for Gambling Studies Conference 21 - 23 November 2018, Brisbane

NAGS is Australia’s leading forum on gambling, attracting national and international speakers from many different areas in the gambling field to share their knowledge and expertise on research and developments in regulatory practices, government policies, treatment and service delivery, community development and industry practices.

The theme for this year’s Conference relates to “New perspectives and practice:  Insights from gamblers, treatment providers, government, industry, community services, and academia”.

NSW RGF Seeking Innovative Ideas to Target Gambling Harms

NSW Minister for Racing Paul Toole has launched a major new initiative targeting gambling harm in communities across NSW.

The new Responsible Gambling Fund Grants Program will support a wide range of projects focusing on technology, research and evaluation, new treatment concepts, and community awareness initiatives.  

The program is seeking applications from a wide range of groups and individuals such as community groups, technology companies, gambling help services, sporting organisations, health providers, university research centres and students.  

Young Aboriginal People's Gambling Awareness Program

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has announced a new program,  designed in collaboration with Aboriginal Gambler’s Help services, to help young Aboriginal people gain a balanced, realistic understanding of gambling and its associated risks. 

The Love the Game – Young Aboriginal People’s Awareness Program comprises a range of interactive workshops that can be delivered to young groups in settings such as youth groups, sporting clubs and schools. 

To find out more see further details on the website of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Scams Awareness Week 2018

Scams Awareness Week, which runs from 21–25 May 2018, urges Australians to be on the lookout for threat-based impersonation scams by taking a moment to ‘Stop and check: is this for real?’

Scams Awareness Week is an initiative of the Scams Awareness Network, a group of Australian and New Zealand government agencies with responsibility for consumer protection and policing in scams, cyber safety and fraud.

For more tips and information about  scams, where to get help or to report a scam, visit the Scamwatch website

National Association of Gambling Studies - 28th Annual Conference Call for Papers

The National Association for Gambling Studies (NAGS) is now welcoming submissions for the 28th Annual NAGS Conference to be held at the Sofitel Hotels & Resorts Brisbane Central from the 21-23rd of November.

The theme of this year’s conference relates to ‘New perspectives and practice: Insights from gamblers, treatment-providers, government, industry, community services, and academia.’

For more information please see the NAGS website at: https://www.nags.org.au

Time for ‘the talk’ with your kids… the gambling talk

Parents are encouraged to have a conversation with their teenage children about the risks and potential harms of gambling under the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s latest marketing campaign, The Talk, now running on TV, radio and online.

The Foundation's CEO Louise Glanville has said that ‘The Talk is about raising awareness in the community of how the experience of sport is changing with gambling exposure and providing parents and others access to information to help them talk to kids about gambling risks and how to avoid gambling harm.’

Foundation awards $200,000 for prevention to Victoria's culturally and linguistically diverse communities

Acting Victorian Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Martin Pakula has announced that the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has awarded 12 community organisations a total of $200,000 to develop new programs across the state.

CALD groups will benefit from the funding include newly arrived migrants, refugees and asylum seekers from Arabic, Middle Eastern and African nations, and more established communities from Greece, Serbia, Vietnam and Cambodia.

New Trustees appointed to strengthen the Responsible Gambling Fund (NSW) and a new Office of Responsible Gambling Website

The Hon. Paul Toole MP, has announced a strengthened Responsible Gambling Fund (RGF) in New South Wales, with seven new highly qualified Trustees appointed to the Trust. The RGF plays a key role in helping Government develop evidence-based and innovative approaches to prevent and reduce gambling harms.
 
The new Trustees represent fields including public health, law, government, academia, business and social research.