Awareness and prevention
The Gambling Information Resource Office provides information on issues related to gambling.
Victorians spent $7 million, or 0.27 per cent, less on pokies in 2016–17 than during 2015–16.
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.
On 29 and 30 March 2017, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Highlands Hotel Craigieburn Pty Ltd to increase the number of pokies at Highlands Hotel in the City of Hume from 60 to 80.
Hawthorn Football Club Ltd has been ordered to make a $66,000 donation in order to comply with a diversion plan for conducting unauthorised gambling at Vegas at Waverley Gardens.
Victoria spent $8.79 million, or four per cent, less on the pokies in February 2017 compared to February 2016.
Caszur Nominees Pty Ltd has been ordered into a diversion plan as a result of modifying the gaming machine area at the Sherbourne Terrace without seeking the approval of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.