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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

GIRO Alerts

25 August 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:

- Foundation news

- Victorian government announce agreement with Crown over EGM levy and VIP taxes

- New articles from academic journals

- Participant and volunteer opportunities

- Upcoming VCGLR EGM licensing hearings

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

Foundation news

New model for Gambler’s Help services

On 15 August 2014, The Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation, Edward O’Donohue, launched the foundation’s new gambling help services model. This will improve access and flexibility within treatment and support services for Victorians affected by gambling.

New multilingual services are a key feature of the new program, with six agencies contracted to provide in-language, tailored, culturally appropriate services and community education to Arabic, Vietnamese and Chinese communities.

While these agencies will focus on their communities, Gambler's Help services will continue to provide culturally appropriate support to members of all Victorian communities. The foundation is also offering free gambling counselling training to multilingual counsellors already working in these communities through its Professional Development Centre.

For a list of the new agencies go to in-language counselling.

Webinar: The impacts of gambling on families and young people

In collaboration with the foundation, the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is hosting a webinar on the impacts of gambling on families and young people.

Presented by Nicki Dowling, Associate Professor of Psychology at Deakin University and Sophie Vasiliadis, Senior Research Officer at the Australian Gambling Research Centre, this webinar will discuss the family impacts of problem gambling and describe recent research that examined young people’s gambling behaviour.

When: Wednesday 3 September 2014, 1:30-2:30pm

Register for the webinar.

For more information on how to participate please see AIFS’ web page on frequently asked questions about webinars.

Gambling education at the Australian teenage expo

The foundation’s ‘Gambling’s not a game’ school education program team will be at the Australian Teenage Expo in Melbourne on 28 - 29 August, 2014. The expo will showcase experts on teen related issues, acting as a one-stop shop for teenagers, parents, youth workers and educators.

Please note there is an after school hours session open to parents and the public until 9pm on the Friday 29 August, 2014. The team will be sharing information about its programs for schools and sporting clubs, and running interactive games with great prizes.

When: Thursday 28 & Friday 29 August 2014
9am – 3pm (schools only) and 3pm – 9pm (public)

Where: Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale

For more information please visit the expo’s website.

Victorian government announces agreement with Crown over EGM levy and VIP taxes

On 22 August 2014, the Victorian government announced an agreement with Crown over new levies and changes in taxes relating to EGMs and VIP losses at the casino. See GIRO’s What’s new section for a summary.

New open access articles from academic journals

Comorbid problem gambling and major depression in a community sample: Published online 12 August 2014 in the Journal of Gambling Studies, this study examines Canadian problem gamblers with and without depression. See GIRO’s recent research section for a summary.

Is “pop-up” messaging in online slot machine gambling effective as a responsible gambling strategy?: Published online 23 July 2014 in the Journal of Gambling Issues, this study investigated the effects of a slot machine pop-up message in a real gambling environment. See GIRO’s recent research section for a summary.

Mom, Dad, Its Only a Game: Perceived Gambling and Gaming Behaviours Among Adolescents and Young Adults: Published online 20 June 2014 in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, this study compared the perceptions of gaming and gambling between Portuguese adolescents and young adults. See GIRO’s recent research section for a summary.

Participant and volunteer opportunities

Dare to Connect:

Chrysalis Insight is now recruiting participants and volunteers for the Dare to Connect Northwest program. This free 10 week program assists people to explore alternatives to gambling.

The program will run across three sessions from September to November 2014, February to April 2015, and April to June 2015.

For more information or to register please email or call 0428 304 041.

Upcoming VCGLR EGM licensing hearing

Rubicon Hotel: On 1 September 2014, the commission will hear an application from Rubicon Hotel Motel Pty Ltd to increase its number of EGMs from 16 to 25 at the Rubicon Hotel in the Shire of Murrindindi.

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.

Email: or Freecall: 1300 260 019.

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