Gambling Harm Prevention
Since the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria’s 2014 community forum, Let’s Talk about Gambling in Multicultural Communities, the number of stories of gambling addiction and harm reaching the ECCV reinforces that gambling harm has become a serious public health issue.
While minor gaming and leisure play a role in the cultural fabric of Australians, ECCV clearly distinguishes between large commercial gambling operators, addictive poker machine technology, and minor gaming.
The Gambling Regulation Act 2003 (Vic) (the Act) allows not for profit organisations to fundraise using bingo and raffles events at schools and community fetes.
The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) appreciate the pressures facing both governments and communities when addressing the devastating costs of gambling harm including the loss of homes, family breakdown and most tragically, the loss of lives.
Victorians have lost $2.6 billion gambling at the ‘pokies’ – or $7,149,397 every day – from 2016 to 2017. They have also lost a total of $50 billion in total gambling over the past 25 years.
The Victorian Government passed the Gambling Regulation Amendment (Gaming Machine Arrangements) Bill 2017 (Vic) (the Bill) on the 30 November 2017. This extends the licenses for gambling machines for another 20 years until August 2042.
Gambling Prevention Project
July 2017 – July 2019
ECCV was funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (VRGF) to conduct a two-year Gambling Prevention Project, which proactively raised awareness of gambling harm among culturally diverse communities.
- facilitated discussions with experts and community leaders
- shared evidence about the impact of gambling harm on culturally and linguistically diverse ethnic communities
- promoted safe recreation messages in local ethnic media
- promoted local support for communities and
- co-designed information and messages about gambling harm with ethno-specific leaders
September 2019 – 2020
ECCV has been re-engaged to support the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s CALD work for 2019-20. ECCV will provide valuable expertise in CALD community engagement and sector development, drawing on our capabilities and networks as the peak body for ethnic community organisations in Victoria. This includes board members of diverse community backgrounds, wide reach to grass-roots community organisations and excellent networking capacity, in particular a strong focus on connecting other organisations to each other.
The work we will do with the Foundation includes: guiding a CALD Community of Practice for Foundation funded partners to network and collaborate on joint interests and opportunities; gambling harm prevention messaging through ECCV’s existing communication channels; and provision of expertise and networks to support the cultural safety and culturally diverse representation of Foundation-led projects, events and marketing. This comes after ECCV’s successful Gambling Harm Forum in June. You can watch the forum discussion here.
Staff Contact: Lyn Dundon, Gambling Harm Prevention Project Coordinator
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