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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

GIRO Alerts

19 March 2015
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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

- Community news

- In the news

- News from the VCGLR

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

Foundation news

BetRegret 2 campaign launched

On 3 March 2015, the foundation launched BetRegret 2, a new awareness campaign that features sports stars talking about times in their sporting careers when they experienced regret about a decision but then learned from it. The campaign encourages people to reflect on their gambling and make sure they avoid bet regret in the future.

Former Hawthorn Football Club captain Sam Mitchell and Australian Opals basketballer Liz Cambage talk about pushing their bodies too hard resulting in injuries that interrupted their careers. Melbourne Victory defender Adrian Leijer and Collingwood Football Club captain Scott Pendlebury talk about on-field decisions that contributed to losses for their teams.

The new campaign follows on from the original Bet Regret campaign, which went to air from October last year showing real Victorians talking about their gambling regrets. The campaign will be on television, radio, online, print and outdoors including bus/tram stops and inside trains until 28 March 2015.

For more information read the media release, view the news video or visit the BetRegret website.

Upcoming presentation – Understanding gambling from a socio-cultural perspective

The foundation is hosting a presentation by Dr Ross Gordon who is a senior lecturer in marketing at Macquarie University.

Ross is a specialist in alcohol marketing and more recently gambling consumption. He has acted as an advisor to the Scottish Government, the European Commission, the Cancer Institute NSW and a range of other NGOs on various social marketing topics.

His presentation will explore how the gambling industry uses three key markers of brand community – consciousness of kind, rituals and traditions, and shared moral responsibility – to engage consumers in sports betting. He will also discuss how consumption communities in gambling are structured and negotiated by young adults.

The presentation is based on the report Brand community and sports betting in Australia, which was funded by the foundation.

When: Friday, 27 March 2015, 12.15 pm – 1.30 pm
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 by 24 March 2015. Places are limited so please RSVP quickly.

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW) has been held in May every year since 2006. When the foundation was established in 2012 it took on coordination of RGAW. In a recent review of RGAW, the foundation decided to move RGAW to the second week of October (week of Monday 12 October 2015) to align with the peak gambling period.

The review also identified the following areas for opportunity:

  • greater engagement with community activities
  • greater participation from varied stakeholders
  • better alignment with the foundation's strategic objectives and current programs.

RGAW will also have a slightly different administrative and governance structure that will allow increased input from stakeholder groups in collateral and messaging for their target audiences.

The foundation welcomes your involvement in and support of RGAW for 2015. It is our hope that we will again have a large number of vibrant and varied community and stakeholder events during the week.

For further information please contact Brett Hetherington on (03) 9452 2656 or

Community news

ReSPIN speakers now available for 2015 

If you would like to help increase public awareness and reduce stigma around problem gambling in the community, ReSPIN has trained community and peer educators that can come and share their experience of problem gambling and talk about their journey of recovery.

Day or evening sessions can be arranged. Sessions could include a staff forum, an address to a service group or a presentation to students. Audiences can expect to learn about: 

  • the effects of problem gambling on individuals, families, friends, employers and colleagues
  • the wider impacts of problem gambling on the community
  • help seeking
  • public awareness
  • problem gambling support services.

For further information please visit the foundation’s website or contact Kate Sommerville on (03) 9450 2633 or

Manningham Planning Scheme – Amendment C108

Manningham City Council has prepared Amendment C108 to the Manningham Planning Scheme. The amendment proposes to implement findings from the Manningham City Council Problem Gambling Study by introducing provisions into the Manningham Planning Scheme to guide the location of electronic gaming machines (EGMs).

The council is seeking submissions by any person who may be affected by the amendment. Submissions must be received by 6 April 2015.

For further information on the submission process and to read the amendment and explanatory report, please visit Your Say Manningham.

In the news

ABC Radio National’s Future Tense program recently devoted an episode to gambling. ‘A gamble on the future’ looks at the expansion of casinos and new strategies the gambling industry is pursuing to introduce wagering into online computer games.

The program notes the ways in which the land-based gaming machine industry is also moving to adopt techniques used online as well as in computer gaming to attract new gamblers and maintain gambling.

Listen to the podcast A gamble on the future.

News from the VCGLR

Recent VCGLR EGM licensing decision

Dromana Hotel: On 29 January 2015, the commission heard an application from Molwin Pty Ltd to increase the number of EGMs at the Dromana Hotel from 41 to 50. The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council opposed the application at the hearing. On 6 March 2015, the commission refused the application. See GIRO’s What’s New section for a summary.

Croydon Hotel: On 20 January 2015, the commission heard an application from Croydon Hotel (Tgg) Pty Ltd to increase the number of EGMs at the Croydon Hotel from 95 to 105. Maroondah City Council opposed the application at the hearing. However, on 12 February 2015, the commission granted the application.

Upcoming VCGLR EGM licensing hearings

Mornington on Tanti Hotel: On 23 March 2015, the commission will hear an application from Supreme Tanti Pty Ltd to increase the number of EGMs from 23 to 40 at the Mornington on Tanti Hotel in the Mornington Peninsula Shire.

Box Hill RSL: On 24 March 2015, the commission will hear an application from Box Hill RSL Sub-Branch Inc to increase the number of EGMs from 95 to 103 at the Box Hill RSL in the City of Whitehorse.

Royal Hotel: On 26 March 2015, the commission will hear an application from Spazor Pty Ltd to increase the number of EGMs from 18 to 25 at the Royal Hotel (Daylesford) in the Shire of Hepburn.

Visit GIRO for more…

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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

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