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

    ECCV is currently funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (VRGF) to conduct a two-year Gambling Prevention Project: which will proactively raise awareness of gambling harm among culturally diverse communities.

    The project will facilitate:

    • discussions with experts and community leaders
    • gather evidence about the impact of gambling harm on culturally and linguistically diverse ethnic communities
    • promote safe recreation messages in local ethnic media
    • promote local support for communities and
    • co-design information and messages about gambling harm with ethno-specific leaders

    Staff Contact:  Lyn Dundon, Gambling Harm Prevention Project Coordinator 

    Telephone: (03) 9354 9555




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    Coburg VIC 3058
    Phone: 9354 9555