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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

GIRO Alerts

26 June 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

- Review of electronic gaming machine entitlement term

- Last chance to join Monashlink’s creative workshops

- News from the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation

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

Foundation news

Upcoming presentation:

‘No bullshit therapy. Most simply, about being uthentic’
Dr Jeff Young, Bouverie Centre, Victoria’s Family Instiitute

When: 3 July 2014,12:30pm - 1:30pm
Where: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, Level 6, 14-20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

Hosted by the foundation, Dr Jeff Young will give a presentation on his unique approach to counselling referred to as ‘no bullshit therapy’. Dr Young has examined various modules of research in clinical psychology around authenticity. This includes a focus on how people create a context for mutual honesty and directness. His theory accepts that many people hate counselling, and works within this constraint to provide a more accessible and direct form of counselling.

To book your place or for further information, please email

Places are limited so please RSVP quickly.

Review of electronic gaming machine entitlement term

The Victorian Government Department of Treasury and Finance is undertaking a review of electronic gaming machine entitlements in response to requests from the gambling industry that the entitlement term be extended.

The current entitlement term for electronic gaming machines is ten years. These terms commenced in August 2012. The gambling industry has expressed concerns that a ten year term poses commercial challenges and even flagged that entitlements might be held in perpetuity. The government has indicated the latter is unlikely to be granted at this point.

A longer term may raise issues for the community in terms of what is considered an appropriate term for an entitlement, how important they think periodic reviews are, and the potential cost. The scope of the inquiry includes considerations of value for money in Victoria and delivering on the government’s commitment to policies relating to problem gambling.

To inform its policy response, the Department of Treasury and Finance is seeking public submissions framed in response to the Gaming Machine Entitlement Term Issues Paper.

When: Public submissions are now open and close on 30 June 2014.

Where: Submissions can be sent by email to or by post to Gambling Policy and Litigation Group, Department of Treasury and Finance, 1 Treasury Place East Melbourne Victoria 3002.

Last chance to join Monashlink’s ‘Much more than a gamble’ 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.

When: Mondays from 1-4 pm
MonashLink Community Health Service, Clayton.

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

News from the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation

Recent decisions on pokies licensing:

Malvern Vale Club Hotel: On 19 May 2014, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Tamari Holdings Pty Ltd to increase the number of electronic gaming machines at the Malvern Vale Club Hotel from 30 to 38. The City of Stonnington objected to the application and appeared at the hearing. On 16 June 2014, the commission granted the application.

Upcoming commission hearings:

Swan Hill Club: On 29 July 2014, the commission will hear an application from Murray Downs Golf & Country Club Ltd to increase the number of electronic gaming machines at the Swan Hill Club from 35 to 55. The Rural City of Swan Hill has objected to the application.

Visit GIRO for more…

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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

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