What is the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation?

The foundation is here to help people affected by problem gambling, as well as their families and friends.

We are also responsible for fostering greater understanding and awareness of responsible gambling in the wider community.

We provide problem gambling counselling and other services for those affected by problem gambling, we run community education and information campaigns to support responsible gambling and commission research to ensure our programs are based on the best available evidence.

The foundation works within a public health framework, taking a whole-of-community approach by working to minimise harm at the individual and community level.

Our aim is to build a community that

  • understands how gambling works and know the odds
  • views gambling as a form of entertainment that costs money and not as a way to make money
  • sets limits and sticks to them
  • recognises the early signs of problem gambling.

We also provide information to the community on the Victorian gambling environment through the Gambling Information Resource Office (GIRO).

The foundation is an independent statutory authority that took up its role on 1 July 2012. It is the first of its kind in Australia. 

Our vision

A Victoria free from gambling-related harm.

Our mission

To provide education, research, treatment and support services to all Victorians to foster responsible gambling, reduce gambling-related harm and provide help where needed.

Strategic priorities

The foundation has identified four high-level strategic priorities to guide our key activities and programs from 2013-2015.

  • Preventing problem gambling and related harm resulting in
    • A community that supports early intervention and seeking help and where harm caused by problem gambling is minimised
  • Promoting responsible gambling resulting in
    • A community that understands and supports responsible gambling
  • Providing help services and support resulting in
    • A community that has access to highly effective problem gambling services and support
  • Building participative communities resulting in
    • A community able to make educated and informed decisions about gambling-related activities

The foundation's 2015–16 annual report was tabled in the Victorian Parliament on Thursday 27 October 2016.

Read the report (PDF, 2.7MB)