What is the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation?

The foundation is here to help prevent and reduce harm from gambling in the community.

We are also responsible for fostering greater understanding and awareness of responsible gambling in the wider community.

We provide gambling counselling and other services for those experiencing more severe gambling issues, we run community education and information campaigns to support responsible gambling and commission research to ensure our programs are based on the best available evidence.

The foundation works within a public health framework, taking a whole-of-community approach by working to minimise harm at the individual and community level.

Our aim is to build a community that

  • understands how gambling works and know the odds
  • views gambling as a form of entertainment that costs money and not as a way to make money
  • sets limits and sticks to them
  • recognises the early signs of problem gambling.

We also provide information to the community on the Victorian gambling environment through the Gambling Information Resource Office (GIRO).

The foundation is an independent statutory authority that took up its role on 1 July 2012. It is the first of its kind in Australia.

Our vision

A Victoria free from gambling-related harm.

Our mission

To provide education, research, treatment and support services to all Victorians to foster responsible gambling, reduce gambling-related harm and provide help where needed.

Strategic priorities

The foundation has identified high-level strategic priorities to guide our key activities and programs from 2016-2017.

  • Reduce the levels of harm experienced by vulnerable or at-risk gamblers
  • Increase engagement of parents and young people on the topic of gambling to better educate them on the risks of gambling and ways to prevent harm
  • Interrupt the normalisation of gambling, particularly within sport and through new online technologies
  • Establish the foundation as a key source of advice and information to enable the government to implement effective policies to reduce gambling harm
  • Enable earlier intervention and engagement with Gambler’s Help services and improve the effectiveness of treatment programs