Supporting Victorians who choose to gamble begins with education and awareness. Our community education and prevention programs aim to foster a culture of responsible gambling and raise awareness about the risks and signs of problem gambling.
We help people recognise when gambling is causing harm, and where they can go to find help. We also provide a range of online, printed and multimedia educational resources for the community.
Our key community education and prevention activities include:
We develop innovative state-wide campaigns to raise awareness about the risks of gambling and promote responsible gambling. We base the themes and messages of our campaigns on evidence provided through our research program and we conduct focus testing to ensure they resonate with the right people.
Responsible Gambling Awareness Week
Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW) has been held annually since 2006 to encourages activities around the state with a focus on local community. It aims to generate discussion and raise awareness about the importance of maintaining a balanced approach to gambling.
RGAW is a partnership between the foundation, the gambling industry, the community sector and the Victorian and local governments. The foundation takes a lead role in organising and administering the week.
We partner with high profile sporting organisations around Victoria to help promote responsible gambling. Our partners help us reach groups of people who may be vulnerable to risky gambling behaviours, such as young men and sports fans.
In 2012-13 the foundation partnered with Geelong Football Club, Collingwood Football Club, AFL Victoria and Melbourne Victory, helping to raise awareness about the risks of gambling and promote responsible gambling and Gambler's Help services among Victorian football and soccer communities.
The foundation funds the Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Limited (VACSAL) to raise awareness about responsible gambling and problem gambling through the Victorian Aboriginal Gambling Awareness Service (VAGAS).
VAGAS delivers a culturally appropriate program including the Mob Day campaign and a range of resource materials to promote Gambler's Help Services to Aboriginal communities in Victoria.
Launched in October 2012, 'Mob Day' promotes spending time with your 'mob' or extended family rather than gambling through posters, fold-out wallet cards and various promotional materials.
Mob Day website
Primary Care Partnerships
To broaden our reach, we work through partnerships that bring together local health, community and welfare organisations to raise awareness of problem gambling, and encourage links with Gambler's Help services.
These organisations can play a crucial role in identifying clients with gambling problems, providing advice and referring clients to specialist problem gambling services.
The foundation supports a regional network of community educators and health and welfare educators to promote Gambler's Help services across the state.
We also have specialist programs for key groups including indigenous communities, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, gambling venue staff, health and welfare professionals, youth and school children.
Venue Support Program
As outlined in the Responsible Gambling Codes of Conduct, gaming venues in Victoria have responsibilities to identify and respond to patrons showing signs of distress which may be related to problem gambling.
To support and assist venues in fulfilling these responsibilities, the foundation funds the Gambler's Help Venue Support Program, which includes over 20 Venue Support Workers throughout Victoria.
This support helps gaming venues to:
- identify and respond to patrons displaying signs of problem gambling
- raise awareness among venue staff about, and encourage referrals to Gambler's Help services, self-exclusion programs and other community support services
- meet the requirements of their Responsible Gambling Codes of Conduct
- create and maintain responsible gambling environments
The Venue Support Program also has a role in the delivery of Responsible Service of Gaming training aimed to equip gaming venue staff with the knowledge and skills they need to ensure that gaming is provided responsibly.