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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

GIRO Alerts

13 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

- New on the GIRO web pages

- New research report from Mission Australia

- Changing directions at the VCGLR

- Employment opportunities

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


Foundation news

Upcoming presentation - Reducing harm in licensed venues: good laws and efficient, effective enforcement are the keys

The foundation will host a presentation by Peter Miller, a principal research fellow and co-director of the violence prevention group at Deakin University’s School of Psychology on 28 August 2014.

Peter Miller has led extensive work on the effects of Responsible Service of Alcohol and the regulation of drinking culture in venues. He has overseen Australia’s largest study in patron behaviour, Patron Offending and Intoxication in the Night-time Entertainment Districts. This collaboration between law enforcement organisations and six universities involved 7,000 interviews and 900 observations across five sites.

During this presentation, he will report on this work and discuss what can be applied to the gambling context.

When: Thursday, 28 August 2014, 12:15 – 1:30pm
Where: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, Level 6, 14-20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

To book your place or for further information, please email Eithne McGettrick at pdc@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au. Places are limited so please RSVP quickly.


New on the GIRO web pages

GIRO information sheet: GIRO published a new information sheet – Tax increase on pokies and changes to return to player rates, which looks at how these changes apply to hotels and clubs.


New research report from Mission Australia

Youth Mental Health Report: Published in June 2014, this report highlights the findings from Mission Australia’s 2013 youth survey administered to 14,461 young Australians aged 15-19 years. See GIRO’s recent research section for a summary noting its findings relating to gambling.


Changing directions at the VCGLR

In March and June this year, the Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation sent statements of expectations to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation regarding the removal of red tape and increasing efficiency. The directions included a request for more detailed information on the commission’s approach to licensing and data sharing. The commission has since released details of how it intends to respond to these directions. Full details can be found on the commission’s website.


Employment opportunities

Project Coordinator, Consumer Voices Project: Located at the North East Primary Care Partnership, this project will involve the recruitment, training and support of consumers who have been affected by gambling. For more information please contact Susan Rennie on 03 9540 2633.

Click here to apply. Applications close 17 August 2014.

Project Coordinator, Reducing Gambling Frequency Project: Located at Health West, this project will work with culturally and linguistically diverse groups across Melbourne’s North and West regions to reduce the frequency of attendance to gambling venues. For more information please visit the Health West website.

Apply to james.dunne@healthwest.org.au. Applications close 18 August 2014.

Project Coordinator, Transforming Spin to Community Win: Located at the Victorian Local Governance Association, this project aims to assist local governments in building capacity to implement alternative activities to gambling. For more information please visit the association’s website.

Apply to toby@vlga.org.au. Applications close 21 August 2014.


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: giro@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au or Freecall: 1300 260 019.






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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Level 6, 14-20 Blackwood Street
North Melbourne, 3051, Victoria.