IPC Health Gambler's Help
Gambler's Help IPC Health: 1300 472 432
Have your say on Council’s Draft Gambling Harm Prevention Policy Statement.
The Draft Gambling Harm Prevention Policy Statement has been developed to guide Council’s ongoing efforts to prevent harm from gambling in Hobsons Bay. It updates Council’s Problem Gambling on Electronic Gaming Machines Policy Statement 2015.
The Policy Statement has been informed by academic research and preliminary engagement with community members and key stakeholders. It is underpinned by a public health approach which aims to address the ‘determinants of gambling harm’ that shape individual behaviour, including a range of sociocultural, environmental, commercial and political factors.
We are now seeking your input on the Draft Policy Statement. What do you think about the priority areas? What do you think about the proposed commitments? Have we missed anything? Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
You can share your feedback by making a written submission. Your responses will help shape the final draft, which will be considered for adoption by Council.
In 2021-22, $34.8 million was lost on electronic gaming machines (EGMs) in Hobsons Bay. That’s $129,479 for every day they were open. During the current financial year, EGM losses have grown further, up by 5.1 per cent in the six months to December 2022. Spending on other forms of gambling has also increased substantially in recent years. In 2021-22, Victorians lost $2.58 billion on race and sports betting, an increase of 50 per cent in just two years.
Research tells us that gambling causes harm in local communities and can affect financial security, relationships, physical and mental health, and work and study performance. Under the Local Government Act 2020 and the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, Council is responsible for protecting and promoting the health and wellbeing of local communities. As such, Council seeks to prevent and reduce the harmful impacts of gambling, particularly on vulnerable groups.
Council’s current approach to preventing and reducing harm from gambling is outlined in the Problem Gambling on Electronic Gaming Machines Policy Statement 2015. While Council cannot introduce major legislative or regulatory reform, the policy statement guides Council’s actions and decision-making through a series of principles and commitments.
The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments set the key regulatory and legislative frameworks for gambling activity in Australia. However, local government can also play a role in preventing harm from gambling.
The Draft Policy Statement identifies five key roles for Council:
The Policy Statement will take effect when it is adopted by Council. However, several of the proposed
commitments are subject to a two-year transition period. The Draft Policy Statement specifies which of
these commitments are subject to a transition period, which allows time to adjust to new arrangements
and for Council to provide information and support.
This policy aims to have a positive impact on the community by reducing the exposure of vulnerable community members to gambling products and venues within council, sporting, and community settings. In seeking to achieve this impact, the Draft Policy statement proposes that organisations receiving sponsorships from gaming venues and gambling companies will not be eligible for community grants. The advertising of gaming venues and gambling products will also be discouraged on council owned or managed land and facilities. These proposed commitments may impact some community organisations, and transition periods have been included to allow time to adjust to new arrangements and for Council to provide information and support.
The Draft Policy Statement extends its focus beyond Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs) to include online gambling and other emerging trends. The name of the Draft Policy Statement has also changed to remove outdated language (e.g. ‘problem gambling’) and includes emphasis on gambling harm prevention in line with best practice public health policy. With this new scope and focus on public health, the policy also attempts to address exposure to gambling in community settings through council, sporting and other community settings to prevent harm from gambling.
We know that gambling causes harm in the community. Over many years, there has been a heavy reliance on changing individual behaviour to prevent harm, which is reinforced through the language of ‘problem gamblers’ and ‘responsible gambling’. This Policy Statement adopts a public health approach to addressing gambling harm by tackling the range of factors that impact on health beyond the individual level of lifestyle choice. *A similar public health approach has been used to prevent harm from tobacco in Australia, through recognising that health and wellbeing is shaped by a range of external factors which influence individual choices and behaviour. These include a range of sociocultural, environmental, commercial and political factors.
*Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (2015) Background Paper: Using a Public Health Approach in the Prevention of Gambling-related harm, https://responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au/documents/21/using-a-public-health-approach-in-the-prevention-of-gambling-related-harm.pdf – accessed February 2023.
Yes. Exemptions are provided for some of the proposed policy commitments, including for Capital Works funding and for Anzac Day and Remembrance Day activities. Two-year transition periods have also been applied in some cases to allow time for key stakeholders to adjust to new arrangements and for Council to provide information and support.
The Draft Policy Statement will be available for feedback for one month, from the Friday 12 May to Friday 9 June 2023.
You can make a submission on the Draft Policy Statement here. The Draft Policy Statement will be available for feedback from Friday 12 May to Friday 9 June 2023.
Gambler's Help IPC Health: 1300 472 432
Gambler’s Helpline: 1800 858 858
Council acknowledges the Bunurong People of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of these municipal lands and waterways, and pay our respects to Elders past and present.
Artist: Elverina Johnson 2018
Name of Artwork: Bandu Gaddaan
Pronunciation: Bun-do Gudd –arrn
Meaning: Come together as one mob
Language: Gungganji of Yarrabah NQ.
Phone: 1300 179 944
National relay service: 133 677
Council respects the provisions of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 and the Health Records Act 2001 in relation to how we collect, store, use and access the personal information you provide to us.
You have the right to access your personal information and make corrections. If you wish to amend your information please contact a member of Council's Customer Service team on 1300 179 944.
Basic Identifying Information
Screen Name, Email Address, Demographic Information
User Generated Information
Comments in forums, Votes on other comments in forums, Responses to surveys and quick polls.
We collect information from you when you register to use this site. This information may vary depending on the specific needs of Hobsons Bay City Council, however, at a minimum is includes your additional demographic information such as your age, identified gender, household income, suburb and interests may also be collected at this time. You can click the ‘My Profile’ link to check your details.
We also collect information about user behaviour on the site including but not limited to documents downloaded from the library, videos viewed, pages views.
Note: You can browse the site anonymously without signing up.
To collect and collate your feedback to inform better policy
The principle reason for collecting this information is to help inform the creation of better policy. The information is therefore provided to Hobsons Bay City Council for analysis and interpretation at their discretion.
To send you periodic emails
The email address you provide for registering on the site may be used by either Social PinPoint or Hobsons Bay City Council to send you information and updates pertaining to the issues discussed on this site or any other site that we feel may be of interest to you. Note: If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include a simple unsubscribe link at the bottom of each email.
To protect the integrity of the discussion
By monitoring the information you provide we are able to protect the integrity of the discussion from individuals and groups who may attempt to unduly influence the outcomes of the consultation process.
To improve the website & software
The principle use of this information by Social PinPoint is to help us to improve this website and the software that underpins it. We are continually striving to improve the experience of our participants based on your feedback.
When you sign up for a user account you provide three types of information:
Publicly available information is limited to your username and any comments you leave under that name in the forums or other tools on the site.
Individual survey responses, voting patterns and quick poll responses will not immediately be made available publicly on the site, however, feedback (including overall results of polls and surveys, and in some instances, unidentifiable and randomly chosen quotes or comments from surveys) may be published in publicly available reports at the end of the consultation period.
Please also keep in mind, however, that under most local Freedom of Information laws formal submissions uploaded to this site can be made available for public viewing by Hobsons Bay City Council at its own volition or at the request of a member of the public.
Information available to both Hobsons Bay City Council and The Hive includes:
Information Available to The Hive only
Information which is available only to Social PinPoint is restricted to your IP address for site security purposes.
Do we disclose any information to third parties other than Hobsons Bay City Council?
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect our or others rights, property or safety.
However, we may from time to time notify you about other sites we are managing when we feel they may of direct relevance and interest to you. Please note that you can easily unsubscribe from these notifications at any time.
Third Party Links
Occasionally Hobsons Bay City Council may include links to third party sites. These third parties have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites.
establishing the use, disclaimers, and limitations of liability governing the
use of our website.
By using our website, you consent
The following Terms and Conditions govern the use of Participate Hobsons Bay (“the site”). The software platform is owned by Social Pinpoint Pty Ltd and operated by us, Hobsons Bay City Council.
These Terms apply to all visitors and users of this site. Linked sites, affiliated services or third party content or software have their own Terms that you must comply with. If you disagree with any of the Terms presented in this agreement, you may discontinue using the site immediately.
What are the conditions with a user’s account?
We are not responsible for the content on the site that has been provided by the users of the site. Any content posted by you is subject to the rules of our Moderation Policy. Your contribution to the site may be edited, removed or not published if we consider it inappropriate (refer to Moderation Policy). Contributors should also be aware that their posts may remain online indefinitely. Where practical, you may choose not to identify yourself, deal with us on an anonymous basis or use a pseudonym.
What do we require from our users?
You must understand and agree that, without limitation:
Can your account be suspended or terminated?
We may terminate or suspend access to your site and/or account immediately, without prior notice, including without limitation if you breach the Terms. We may immediately deactivate or delete your account and all the related files and information in your account. After your account has been terminated, the content you have posted may also remain indefinitely on the site.
If you want to terminate your own account, please send an email to email@example.com.
These Terms shall be governed in accordance with the laws of Victoria, Australia, without regards to its conflict of law provisions.
Hobsons Bay City Council, its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, licensors and other partners are not responsible for any loss, liability, claim, or demand, including legal fees, made by any third party due to or arising from a breach of this agreement and/or any breach of your representations and warranties set forth above.
What content do we own?
This website contains the copyrighted material, trademarks, patents, trade secrets and other proprietary information (“Intellectual Property”) of Hobsons Bay City Council and its suppliers and licensors. Hobsons Bay City Council owns and retains all proprietary rights in the intellectual property. All intellectual property in the content of this site including without limitation to text, software, source code, pages, documents and online graphics, photographs, sounds, audio, video and other interactive features are owned by or licensed to us.
Any original content that you submit or post on our site may be made available to the public and allows users to share your content (with the end user acknowledging your contribution) under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 Australian License.
Except for Intellectual Property which is in the public domain or for which you have been given written permission, you may not copy, alter, transmit, sell, distribute any of the Intellectual Property on this site.
We are not responsible for your communications or dealings, including payment and delivery of goods or services, with a third party found via our website. Any loss or damage incurred from those communications or dealings are solely between the user and the third party.
Disclaimer and Warranties
Users must agree that you use of the site is at your own risk. We make no warranty that the site will meet your requirements or be uninterrupted or error-free. Any material that the user downloads through the site is done at their own risk and are responsible for any damages to their computer system or loss of data.
What happens if these Terms change?
We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to modify or replace these Terms at any time without notice. The most recent version of the Terms can be seen on this page. By continuing to access or use our site after those revisions become effective, you agree and will comply to the revised terms. If you do not agree to the revised terms, please discontinue using our site.
If you have any questions about these Terms, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Enter your email address below. We will send you instructions to reset your password.
Back to Log in
Sign up with email
Already have an account? Log in now
Thank you, your account has been created.
Completing the questions below helps us better understand the diverse range of people who contribute their ideas. The questions are optional.
You’re using an outdated browser.
Some features of this website may not work correctly. To get a better experience we strongly recommend you download a new browser for free:
Would you like to follow this project to receive email updates?