New Self-Exclusion Program Available in NSW

Pokie reform has been passed, as the local government attempts to cut down on problem gambling. The system will allow for players to set their own limits before their wager on pokies, and responsible gambling advocates are optimistic about its potential results. Now, it seems that more groups are coming forward with their ideas for[…]

New Study to Examine Social Effects on Gambling

When you play casino games at a land-based gambling venue, it is a social activity. Even online gambling is becoming increasingly social, as more and more operators take note of the success of social gaming. A new study aims to examine how your social life affects your gambling habits, a research topic that has yet[…]

Concern Over New Salvation Army Problem Gambling Program

Clubs Australia is working hard to get the public on its side, but it seem that its efforts are misguided. The organization’s new program will put Salvation Army chaplains in gaming rooms to offer help to potential problem gamblers, but Senator Nick Xenophon is not convinced that this will do anything to help the issue[…]

13 of 700 Problem Gambling Pokies Removed

When it comes to problem gambling, the local government has come up with a number of solutions to the problem. Before pokie reform was ever introduced, the local government felt that removing a number of hotel pokies would be the best course of action. Seven years later, the government is having a hard time getting[…]

National Rugby League Rejects Proposal for Gambling Research

Former National Rugby League player Ashley Gordon is dedicated to promoting responsible gambling in Australia. With plenty of rugby players falling victim to problem gambling, Gordon proposed a research proposed a research project that would examine the impacts of gambling on NRL players. Unfortunately, the league did not like the idea. The National Rugby League[…]

Problem Gamblers Offer Advice to Gaming Venues

Many ideas have been proposed by the local government, offering ways to prevent and treat the problem gambling issue in Australia. These proposals include placing betting limits on machines, and other provisions that place the onus on the players rather than the gaming machine operators. Now, researchers at Swinburne University are working on a new[…]

Grant for Problem Gambling Site Possibly Misused

The Australian Department of Families, Housing, Community Services awarded a $500 000 grant to UnitingCare Australia, offering the organization the money needed to launch a problem gambling support website. While this seems like a good use of government money, concerns have risen about whether the funds have been misused. The website is meant to offer[…]

Pokies Attracting Problem Gamblers

One of the main reasons that Andrew Wilkie fought for poky reform was because he believe that the machines were the most popular form of gambling among problem gamblers. A new study has proven him right, as the Flinders University School of Medicine shows that 90% of those with gambling addictions are addicted to pokies.[…]

Problem Gambling Support Program in NSW

In New South Wales, an organization called Lifeline will receive additional funding to help those that are affected by gambling addiction. The government will provide more than $300 000 to cover the full-time wages of gambling addiction counselors in various areas in the state. Alex Ferguson, CEO of Lifeline, believes that counselling is an essential[…]

Income Control Will Prevent Welfare Families From Gambling

Of growing concern to Australian politicians is the well-being of children in low-income families. Although they receive the benefits necessary to care for their children, it has been discovered that many mothers and fathers have not been using their welfare money for its intended purposes. As such, the government is implementing an income control regime,[…]

Victoria Launches Problem Gambling Inquiry

In Victoria, the local government is launching a problem gambling inquiry to determine just how gambling is effective the social and economic climate of the local community. It is a first-of-its-kind study, and it will shine a light on how serious of an issue problem gambling actually is. The Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC)[…]

Two Weeks Till Victoria Problem Gambling Foundation Launch

In Australia, problem gambling is a growing problem – and the government is working hard to rectify the situation. The result of their hard work is the launch of the Victoria Problem Gambling Foundation (VPGF), which will launch on July 1, 2012. Over the course of the past few months, local politicians have been ironing[…]

Another Case of Gambling and Child Neglect

In February, it was reported that a mother and father locked their five children in a van while they gambled at a Sky City Casino in New Zealand. Now, the same thing has happened in Australia, with a mother leaving her child in a car while she played pokies at a local pub. She, too,[…]

Problem Gambling Ads Banned

Anti-gambling group GetUp has received word that it will not be able to post advertisements about problem gambling on local busses. The ads, which were meant to highlight the issue of problem gambling in the local community, have been banned by the government. According to Simon Sheik, director of GetUp, the advertisements were aimed to[…]

Australian Researcher Says Problem Gambling Is Not An Addiction

Recently, concerns over the rising rates of problem gambling have been mounting. Politicians and researchers are looking for ways to curb problem gambling rates – but it seems that their methods may be a little misguided. According to research conducted at Sydney University, the same treatments that work for addictions may not work for problem[…]