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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

GIRO Alerts

2 April 2014
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The Gambling Information Resource Office is part of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. GIRO alerts are designed to keep you up to date with the latest information including: new developments in research, policy, regulations and laws at local, state and federal government levels. It also includes decisions from the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the courts. GIRO alerts also list upcoming events concerning gambling.

In this issue:

- New on the GIRO web pages

- New reports from Gambling Research Australia

- Community activity

Contact us if you would like to inform others about any events or publications.

New on the GIRO web pages

GIRO information sheets:

GIRO has published 17 information sheets on electronic gaming machines (EGM) spending in Gambler's Help services catchment areas. Each information sheet details EGM spending data from June 2012 to July 2013 and provides data for specific catchments plus the total net EGM expenditure per local government area (LGA). A master sheet provides a series of comparative tables across catchments.

New reports from Gambling Research Australia

Interactive Gambling:

Commissioned by Gambling Research Australia, Interactive Gambling investigates how Australians are using interactive gambling services and its impacts on land-based gambling and gambling-related problems. Data was collected from Gambler's Help services and a three year research study that included a national telephone survey, an online survey and interviews with interactive gamblers. The report provides profile information on people participating in different types of gambling and compares online gamblers with land-based gamblers in terms of participation and problems. Evidence in the report indicates that land-based EGM gambling continues to be the dominant form of gambling associated with problems.

Validation study of in-venue problem gambler indicators:

This important research report validates a series of in-venue observable indicators for problem gambling on EGMs. It also assesses the practical validity of a Gambling Behaviour Checklist (GBC-EGM) that can be used by gaming venue staff to identify and assist at-risk customers. Based on a two year research study undertaken by Swinburne University, this report is a continuation of the 2007 report Identifying Problem Gamblers in Gambling Venues.

Community Activity

Creative workshops:

Monashlink is hosting creative workshops for people affected by gambling using story telling, movement, music and writing. 'Much more than a gamble' is being facilitated by Catherine Simmonds, who also facilitated the successful ‘From Ruin to Recovery’ performances. A series of introductory workshops will be held in Clayton each Wednesday during April 2014.

For more information please contact Judy Avisar on 1300 552 509 or at

Visit GIRO for more...

Don't forget GIRO is more than just a useful online resource! We have an extensive hard copy and digital library including research that cannot be published on our website for copyright reasons. If you would like to visit the office please call or email to make sure we can accommodate you. The office is usually available between 9.30am and 5pm most week days.

Please contact us if you spot an error on our website or in one of our publications.

We also welcome your ideas for new content, so please let us know if there is something you would like to see on our web pages.

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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

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North Melbourne, 3051, Victoria.