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Queenslanders urged to give their gambling a ‘health check’ in Responsible Gambling Awareness Week

Queenslanders are being urged to give their gambling a “health check” during the state's Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW), which
runs until Sunday (4 August) 2019.

Held annually, the week promotes safe gambling strategies, including tips to encourage individuals to gamble more responsibly and reduce the likelihood of risky behaviour developing.

VRGF Funding Available for Community Events During Gambling Harm Awareness Week 2019

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has announced that applications for funding to host events during Gambling Harm Awareness Week 2019 are now open.

Gambling Harm Awareness Week is designed to encourage open community discussions about gambling harm and why it matters.  For more information visit the VRGF Website

The time for applications has been extended to 5pm on Wednesday, 14 August 2019.

Technology at centre of NSW Responsible Gambling Grants

New South Wales has announced a diverse range of innovative projects supported by $1.3 million funding from the NSW Office of Responsible Gambling to prevent and reduce gambling harms. 

The projects include a website allowing self exclusion from multiple venues and new online courses on responsible gambling.

More information is available on the website of the NSW Office of Responsible Gambling or via the media release.

VIC RGF Prevention Partnerships Program

The Victorian Prevention Partnerships Program continues to play an important role in helping prevent and reduce gambling-related harm within Victorian communities. 

This year, the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation will fund programs and initiatives under two streams with funding from these grants available over the two years 2019–21.

Expressions of interest will close at 5pm on 21 June 2019.

Families and Youth at Centre of Responsible Gambling Grants (NSW)

The NSW Office of Responsible Gambling has funded five universities for research to prevent and reduce gambling harms.

The 2019 Responsible Gambling grants support projects with a focus on youth, families and new technology.

Click on the link to find out more.

Families and Youth at Centre of Responsible Gambling Grants

Gambling Prevalence in South Australia (2018)

The gambling industry has evolved rapidly over the last few years. This is particularly true of the rise of new gambling forms such as gambling on mobiles. This 2018 survey aimed to provide an updated estimate of problem gambling prevalence, as well as exploring the nature and prevalence of gambling activities undertaken by South Australians. It includes comparisons to the 2012 and 2005 surveys. 

Vale Peter Burnett AM 1950-2019

It is with great sadness that Directors and Staff of the Australasian Gaming Council acknowledge the passing of AGC Chairman Peter Burnett AM.

Peter’s leadership and dedicated service to the hotel industry in Australia and to the Geelong community in which he lived were renowned.

We honour him as a true leader, esteemed colleague and good friend.

To Jan, Nick, Emma and the Burnett family, and to Peter’s very many friends throughout Australasia, we extend our sincerest condolences.

Women in Gaming and Hospitality Australasia

Women in Gaming and Hospitality Australasia (WGH) is an industry-driven not for profit organisation aiming to identify and remove barriers for the advancement of women in the gaming, hospitality and gaming related industries.

The AGC and its members are proud to support WGH as it encourages the development and success of women through education, mentorship and networking opportunities and provides tools and support for organisations wishing to develop or enhance their gender diversity and inclusion initiatives.

NSW Office of Responsible Gambling - 2019 Responsible Gambling Grants Program

The NSW Office of Responsible Gambling is currently offering grant funding for research proposals that help understand gambling and provide an evidence base for responsible gambling policy, interventions and programs.  Also available are prevention, innovation and technology grants to promote responsible gambling and reduce gambling harm.

Submissions open from Tuesday 29 January and close on Tuesday 26 February.

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

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.