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2015 National Consumer Fraud Week – Get smarter with your data

If you haven’t stopped and thought about how you keep your private information secure, chances are you could be leaving it wide open for scammers to steal. When scammers get your details, they can use them for all sorts of identity crime such as making unauthorised purchases on your credit card, or using your identity to open accounts such as banking, telephone or energy services, take out loans or carry out other illegal business under your name.

National Consumer Fraud Week 2015 is all about learning how to keep your personal data safe from scammers, and prevent identity theft from happening to you.

National Association for Gambling Studies (NAGS) Annual Conference 2015 - Preliminary Call for Papers

The National Association for Gambling Studies (NAGS) would like to welcome submissions for presentations at the 25th Annual NAGS Conference to be held at The Stamford Plaza, Adelaide from 25-27 November this year.

The annual NAGS conference attracts national and international speakers from many different areas in the gambling field, including researchers, policy-makers, industry representatives, clinicians and those working in the community sector. 

For more information see the NAGS website at 

Dare to Connect North West - Balance what you do for fun!

Problem gambling can be a major cause of financial, mental and physical health concerns.

Chrysalis Insight Inc., in partnership with Victoria's North Western municipalities and Gamblers Help services, has developed Dare to Connect North West - an innovative prevention program providing recreational and educational opportunities to people who feel they gamble too much, too often.

Chrysalis Insight Inc is now recruiting participants and volunteers for the 5th program which will commence on the week-end of 22-24 May 2015.  

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (NSW)

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW) will run in New South Wales this year from 25-31 May 2015.  The week will focus on raising awareness among young people about the realities of gambling, including the chances of winning.

The NSW Responsible Gambling Fund (RGF) will target teens with activities and messages while NSW RGF funded counselling services will also run interactive community-based workshops addressing common misconceptions about gambling around skills, random chance and ‘return to player’ ratios.

New Discussion Papers from the Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC)

The Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC) was established in 2012 and is situated within the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS).

To mark the launch of their new website the AGRC have released a number of resources – including four discussion papers authored by notable Australian academics dealing with topical issues in gambling studies.

Follow the link here to be redirected to the AGRC's new site and resources.

National Association for Gambling Studies (NAGS) 24th Annual Conference: New Directions in Gambling - Is it Time to Broaden the Conversations?

The 24th Annual Conference of the National Asssociaton for Gambling Studies (NAGS) will be held 26-28 November 2014 at Jupiters on the Gold Coast.  

The dates for the conference are fast approaching but there is still time to register and attend this event.

For further information about the conference - including program details, information about how to register and/or applications for NAGS membership please go to

National Association for Gambling Studies (NAGS) Conference 2014 - Student Scholarships Now Available

The National Association for Gambling Studies (NAGS) is offering up to ten (10) scholarships to assist students to attend the 24th Annual NAGS Conference, held this year on the Gold Coast from 26-28 November 2014.

The aim of the scholarships is to encourage promising students to continue their research in the field of gambling and gambling related issues by enabling them to meet with colleagues, hear about new research, and have a chance to discuss their own research with experts in the field.

Southern Responsible Gambling Officers Network (SRGON)

In May 2014, as part of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week in Victoria, Gambler’s Help Southern Venue Support Program launched the ‘Southern Responsible Gambling Officers Network’ (SRGON).  

SRGON has been designed to assist Responsible Gambling Officers in the Southern Metropolitan Region of Victoria to come together with government agencies and community groups to share ideas, information and resources around responsible gambling and best practices.  

The first meeting of SRGON will be held on Wednesday, 3rd September 2014.

Social Media and Gambling - Do they Mix? Participate in the Survey!

Southern Cross University are collecting data for a project  that will help researchers and policy makers gain a better understanding of how Australians are using new technologies, social media and social games and the impact of these on gambling.

All Australians who have actively used social media, social casino games, or gambled in the past 12 months are eligible to complete this survey.

Those who complete the survey will also have the opportunity to enter a draw to win one of three iPad Minis.

You can access the survey here

Survey: Gambling - Tell us how you stay within your limits

Turning Point, in conjunction with Southern Cross University, ANU, and the University of Calgary are conducting a study funded by Gambling Research Australia (GRA) to examine the strategies that people use to self-manage their gambling and are looking for people to have their say on what works to limit time and money spent gambling. 

The aim is to develop a definitive list of strategies that work for gamblers, as well as advice about implementation that can be promoted across all gambling sites.

National Consumer Fraud Week | 16-22 June 2014

National Consumer Fraud Week is a yearly event run by the Australian Consumer Fraud Taskforce to raise awareness amongst the Australian community about scams and measures that can be taken to protect against scams.

This year’s Fraud Week campaign, ‘Know who you’re dealing with’, will run from Monday 16 to Sunday 22 June.

Fraud Week 2014 seeks to raise the profile on relationship scams and help Australian consumers and businesses to identify, avoid and disengage from scammers. 

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW) 2014

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW) is held every year in May throughout Australia.  

The week is run in a partnership between government, community and industry and aims to raise awareness of the importance of responsible gambling practices as well as highlighting the support services and strategies available to people who may be experiencing difficulties.

Stay On Track Responsible Gambling App

Stay On Track is a mobile phone application developed by the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries and designed to make it easy for consumers to set and track a gambling budget.

The iPhone Stay On Track app is available on the App Store and the Android Stay On Track app is available on the Google Play Store.

More information on the app and its functionality is available from the NSW Gambling Help Website

AGRC Survey of Gambling Research and Resources

The Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC) is undergoing a process of review and consultation to better understand the information needs of professionals interested in gambling research and policy in Australia.

Have your say by completing a 10 minute online survey.

Click here to be re-directed to the AGRC survey.

The survey will help the AGRC in developing national research priorities and improving information exchange between professionals and the public.

National Association for Gambling Studies 23rd Annual Conference (2013)

The National Association for Gambling Studies (NAGS) 23rd Annual Conference will be held this year at the Crowne Plaza Coogee (Sydney) from 20-22 November 2013.

Further information about the conference is available from the NAGS website: