Awareness and prevention
The Gambling Information Resource Office provides information on issues related to gambling.
The Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Marlene Kairouz, has announced new laws that will ban betting advertising on roads, public transport, and within 150 metres of all Victorian schools.
Commonwealth and state and territory gambling ministers recently met, for the third time, to establish a strong, consistent and best-practice National Consumer Protection Framework for online wagering.
On 18 August 2017, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation refused an application by Bendigo Stadium Ltd to introduce 44 pokies at the Wellington at Botanical Gardens in the City of Greater Bendigo.
The Victorian government has announced further details of the post-2022 gaming machine arrangements, including the allocation and pricing of future gaming machine entitlements, and new tax arrangements to apply from August 2022.
Victorians spent $7 million, or 0.27 per cent, less on pokies in 2016–2017 than during 2015–2016.
On 21 July 2017, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation refused an application by Noble Park Football Social Club to increase the number of pokies at its clubrooms, located in the City of Greater Dandenong, from 50 to 70.
On 12 July 2017, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation approved an application by Wangaratta RSL Sub-Branch Inc for approval of new premises (the Sydney Hotel) as suitable for gaming with 50 pokies.
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) will commence a hearing on 13 June 2017 to determine an appeal against a recent decision to refuse an application to introduce 40 pokies at the Commercial Hotel in South Morang.
The Australian Government recently reached an in-principle agreement with state and territory gambling ministers on reforms to provide stronger consumer protections for online gambling through the introduction of a National Consumer Protection Framework.
The Australian Government has announced it will introduce changes to ban gambling advertisements during live sports programs before 8.30 pm.