Preventing gambling harm in our community

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Financial impact of gambling harm in Hobsons Bay


Updating Council’s policy statement

Updating Council’s policy statement

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 Policy Statement is now due to be updated to ensure it takes account of changes in the external environment, including the growth of online gambling and advertising. Preliminary discussions are underway with a range of stakeholders to help shape the updated policy statement. A Draft Policy Statement is anticipated in 2023 and will be available for feedback during a period of public consultation.

Background

Background

In the last financial year, $34.8 million was lost on electronic gaming machines (EGMs) in Hobsons Bay. That’s an average of $129,479 for every day they were open. Spending on other forms of gambling has increased substantially in recent years. In 2021-22, Victorians lost $2.5 billion on race and sports betting, an increase of 50 per cent in just two years.

While gambling is a legal activity in Victoria, research tells us that it causes harm in local communities. 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.