Awareness and prevention
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.
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:
At an organisation or venue level, responsible gambling is about creating an environment where responsible gambling is enabled and encouraged by:
At a community level, it's about making sure everyone knows what responsible gambling is and supporting that behaviour by:
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:
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.