Prevention program

While one key component of foundation’s work is to ensure people experiencing gambling harm have timely access to the help and services they require, another major focus is to explore how to prevent the onset of gambling harm.

Local Prevention Grants Program

The Local Prevention Grants Program tests and pilots new ideas to prevent gambling harm. Projects funded under this program build capacity in local communities and provide insights and evidence on initiatives that work and can be transferred across communities.

There are currently 17 prevention grant projects under way. All are expected to be completed in June 2017. The total budget for the Local Prevention Grants Program for 2015–17 is $3.54 million.

For more about the objectives of the Local Prevention Grants Program, see the program guidelines (PDF - 616.2 KB).

All projects awarded grants align with the foundation’s public health approach (PDF - 369 KB)

Current local prevention projects

  • My moola (First Nations Foundation) – this project aims to reduce counterproductive gambling behaviours in Aboriginal communities by providing financial literacy training to staff in Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations across Victoria.
  • Three sides of the coin (Link Health and Community) – will build on an existing repertoire of theatrical vignettes to support education and raise awareness of gambling harm within vulnerable communities, including culturally and linguistically diverse groups in outer urban areas and people in prison settings.
  • Promoting responsible gambling in local workplaces (Child and Family Services Ballarat) – will partner with local businesses to pilot workplace activities that will prevent the onset and stigma associated with gambling harm in the Ballarat area.
  • Wyndham gambling project (Horn of Africa Communities Network) – will provide sustainable, culturally and linguistically appropriate education, skills and resources to five refugee and newly arrived migrant communities in Melbourne’s outer west.
  • Starting the conversation (Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative) – working with local Aboriginal groups, artists and organisations in the Greater Geelong area, this project will develop a suite of videos and resources with culturally safe and appropriate messages about gambling harm.
  • Building the capacity of the criminal justice system (St Luke's Anglicare) – will develop training, screening tools and resources to build the capacity of workers in the criminal justice system to both identify and appropriately respond to clients affected by gambling harm.
  • Community solutions (Victorian Local Government Association) – will provide information sessions for local government employees and assist local governments to implement organisational policies that reduce gambling-related harm. It will also provide local communities with information and resources to assist them to participate in the planning processes.
  • Aboriginal Gambling and Financial Management Project (Latrobe Community Health Service Ltd) – will collaborate with the local Aboriginal community to develop culturally appropriate financial literacy and gambling resources, and will work with partner agencies to embed responsible gambling policies into their organisations.
  • Clayton CANVAS (Monash City Council) – phase two of this project will deliver an innovative communications campaign within the local community. With a focus on ‘at-risk’ groups, it will build the capacity of local champions to understand and respond to the issue of gambling, and equip them to discuss gambling harm within the community.
  • Building the capacity of Gambler's Help community educators (Monash City Council) – will develop a capacity-building toolbox to support the work of the foundation's Gambler's Help community educators. This will include best-practice templates for engaging and communicating with local communities about gambling harm.
  • Reducing gambling frequency (Carer's Victoria – HealthWest) – will partner with six culturally and linguistically diverse organisations to increase awareness among seniors in Melbourne’s north-west of the risks associated with gambling and the alternative recreation opportunities available. The project will also train staff in local government and community services who work with vulnerable seniors.
  • Statewide training package and resources, alcohol and other drugs services (Odyssey House Victoria) – will develop and launch an accredited online training course for the alcohol and other drugs workforce about the identification and treatment of gambling harm. The training package will be accredited by the Australian Skills and Quality Authority.
  • Apprentices Project (Redundancy Payment Central Fund – Inco Link) – targeting young male apprentices aged 16–35, the project will raise awareness of the risks associated with gambling and develop a network of support within the construction industry. It will enable workers either experiencing or at risk of problem gambling to access support services.
  • Putting the health and wealth back into Whittlesea (Whittlesea Community Connections) – will engage with local employers and jobseeker organisations who employ or work with people at significant risk of gambling harm. The project will develop gambling awareness action plans with employers, including training, information sessions, access to alternative recreation and workplace policies.
  • Increasing the odds for safety and respect (Women's Health In The North) – will focus on the link between family violence and gambling in Melbourne’s north and east. The project aims to strengthen risk assessment mechanisms, referral pathways and service delivery across the gambling and family violence sectors, to both increase the safety of women experiencing violence and reduce harm from gambling.
  • Don't bet your life (Australian Vietnamese Women's Association Inc.) – will work with the Victorian Vietnamese community in a number of settings to increase awareness of gambling harm. One activity will be partnering with LINK Health and Community to produce theatre workshops (Three sides of the coin) to inform the Vietnamese community's discussion about gambling harm and reduce stigma related to seeking help.
  • ReSPIN (Banyule Community Health) – recruits, trains and supports a pool of volunteers to talk to community members, groups, media and professionals about their experiences with gambling. It aims to influence public discussions about problem gambling by increasing the number of consumer voices willing to talk about their experiences with gambling and reduce the stigma associated with problem gambling.

Further information

For more information about the Local Prevention Grants Program, please contact:

Alice Dunt
Acting Prevention Manager
Telephone: (03) 9452 2607

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