Across Australia, responsible gambling advocates have expressed concerns about the exposure of young people to gambling ads. Now, Victorian lawmakers are making plans to take action and have proposed the banning of sportsbetting advertisements on public transport in certain areas.
The new measure would ensure that gambling ads would not be displayed in areas around schools and other areas frequented by children. This would ensure that young people are not exposed to ads that promote gambling.
“What we’re wanting to do is ensure they’re no longer exposed to betting advertisements while they go to and from school each day,” says Marlene Kairouz, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation. “This is supported by community concerns about the impact of gambling advertising, in particular because it normalises gambling amongst our most vulnerable, including children.
Many recent studies have shown that when young people are exposed to gambling from an early age, they are more likely to develop unhealthy gaming habits later on in life. Advertisements in public areas are just one of many ways that young people are exposed to betting before they become legal gambling age. This tends to normalise gambling so young people are unaware of the inherent risks.
Ms Kairouz continues:
“Gambling is not an integral part of sport. Kids should be talking about their favourite sporting teams, not the odds of that team winning.”
So it is important for lawmakers to take action and ensure that young people maintain their innocent perspective on sports. The new law is under review, and members of the community are invited to make submissions. For more information on how to make your submission visit: https://myviews.justice.vic.gov.au/static-betting-advertising.