Responsible Gambling Awareness Week

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is held annually to raise awareness about the importance of gambling responsibly. The week is a partnership between the foundation and key contributors and local councils, the gaming industry and community groups.

In 2017, Responsible Gambling Awareness Week took place between 23 and 29 October.

Responsible gambling happens on three levels, the individual level, the group or organisation level and the community level.

At an individual level, responsible gambling is about knowing how to gamble responsibly. It's about:

  • knowing the odds and
  • taking breaks
  • setting limits and sticking to them.

At an organisation or venue level, responsible gambling is about creating an environment where responsible gambling is enabled and encouraged by:

  • separating gambling from other activities – particularly those involving children
  • promoting responsible gambling to members, staff and visitors
  • ensuring people who might be experiencing harm know there is help available.

At a community level, it's about making sure everyone knows what responsible gambling is and supporting that behaviour by:

  • sharing responsibility for creating awareness of the risks
  • being responsive to community concerns.

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week in 2017 focused on engagement with the community.

The foundation and our partners held almost 40 events around Victoria during Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (23–29 October) to increase awareness of, and generate discussion about, how to gamble responsibly.

As in 2016, the theme was consistent with the Keep it well played campaign. This included promoting tips for responsible gambling that encourage positive behaviours and avoid negativity, and providing a range of printed and digital campaign materials to stakeholders to use during the week.

The foundation hosted three key events during the week:

  • the official launch by Minister Kairouz, which  showcased foundation partner Incolink’s successful Apprentice Prevention Education Project. She also launched the foundation's new Well Played television commercial
  • a Gambling harm in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities’ forum at which the Minister announced a new $200,000 CALD prevention grants program
  • a Love the Game match between St Kilda Cricket Club and Melbourne University and launch of the foundation’s Charter Champion online training. Premier cricket clubs throughout Victoria also participated in a Love the Game round.

Other notable events included launches of Bethany Community Support’s film Starting the Conversation, Women’s Health in the North’s 50/50: Increasing the Odds for Safety and Respect video (attended by the Minister), and Anglicare Victoria’s Gambling Accord in the Swan Hill region.

Keep it in check. Keep it well played.