Gambling BREAK IT

Gambling: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter & Spring – BREAK IT

Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria – this project will focus on capacity building, the reduction of stigma and raising awareness of gambling harms in culturally, linguistically, and religiously diverse communities in Melbourne and regional centres in Victoria. 

Victorians have lost $2.6 billion gambling at the 'pokies' - or $7,149,397 every day – from 2016 to 2017.  Victorians have lost a total of $50 billion on pokies over the past 25 years. Many culturally and linguistically diverse communities are experiencing gambling harm because of the  number of  gambling venues and pokie machines available 20 hours a day 7 days a week in local communities across Victoria.

ECCV reinforces that gambling harm has become a serious public health issue. Victoria’s Gambling Regulation Amendment (Gaming Machine Arrangements) Bill 2017 was passed on 30 November 2017; increasing gambling entitlements in Victoria for the next 20 years.  ECCV has prepared a position paper on gambling harm December 2017 - see below

Contact:  Lyn Dundon, Gambling Prevention Project Coordinator / 9354 9555


  • ECCV position paper on gambling December 2017 - click here 
  • ECCV position paper on issues relating to gambling March 2017 - click here 
  • Responsible gambling website - prevention partnerships program - click here 
  • Responsible gambling website - your local government area - click here 
  • Follow the Alliance for Gambling on Facebook
  • Have a voice in local government planning matters relevant to gambling venues within your neighbourhood - click here
  • ECCV 2014 Let’s talk about gambling in multicultural communities - click here 
  • Beware of Gambling Harm with Dr Susan Rennie and the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service - click here
  • Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences – click here
  • Gambling Awareness Project (GAP) - Closing the knowledge and service gap for immigrant and refugee communities - click here
  • Areas with more poker machines have higher rates of domestic violence - click here
  • Anti-gambling activists condemn Woolies for sharing in pokies addiction epidemic- click here 
  • Live odds ban debate exposes sport and gambling’s uncomfortable mutual dependency - click here   

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