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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

GIRO Alerts

11 December 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 research

- Community news

- Wishing you the best for the season

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

New on the GIRO web pages

Frequently asked questions: GIRO recently updated its pages on frequently asked questions and added information on pokies licenses and locations.

New research

Do social casino gamers migrate to online gambling?

Recently published in the Journal of Gambling Studies, this article presents findings on the connection between free-to-play social casino games and online gambling. In particular, the study examined the pathway to online gambling through free social casino games. The study found 26 per cent of non-gambling participants surveyed migrated to online gambling after a six month period. See GIRO’s recent research section for a summary.

Self-reported gambling problems and digital traces

Recently published in Cyberpsychology, Behaviour, and Social Networking, this study examined which consumer transactions were preferred by problem gamblers and were more likely to leave a record of gambling. The authors found a greater risk of developing a gambling problem was associated with a preference for cash transactions, prepaid mobile phones, and internet cafes suggesting problem gamblers sought to reduce their digital tracks. See GIRO’s recent research section for a summary.

Sports-embedded gambling problems

Recently published in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, this study examined gambling promotions and advertising televised during sporting events to determine whether exposure and attitude to these promotions affected intention to engage in sports betting. See GIRO’s recent research section for a summary.

Community News

ReSPIN gambling awareness speakers

Banyule Community Health and the North East Primary Care Partnership are currently recruiting volunteers for their new program ReSPIN.

Funded by the foundation, ReSPIN will train and support volunteers to talk to community members and groups, media and professionals about their experiences with gambling. People with any kind of gambling experience are welcome, including family members and friends.

When: training to begin in early 2015
Where: Inner North Melbourne, North Melbourne, North Western Melbourne, South Western Melbourne

For further information please see the foundation’s ReSPIN webpage or contact Kate Sommerville on 9450 2633 or at

Daring to explore alternatives to gambling in 2015

Chrysalis Insight Inc. is recruiting participants and volunteers for an innovative prevention program. Dare to Connect provides recreational and educational opportunities to people who feel they gamble too much, too often. For a short-term investment of three hours per week for eight weeks, participants will experience what alternative activities their community has to offer in a safe, fun and supported way.

When: beginning 31st January 2015
Where: Moreland, Hume, Maribyrnong, Moonee Valley, Brimbank

For further information or to order promotional material please email Gabriela Byrne at or on 0428 304041. Places are limited and filling fast.

Seasons Greetings

We wish you all the best for the coming holidays and thank you for your involvement and feedback regarding our activities this year. We hope to be of even better service to you next year and look forward to supporting any work you might be doing in the areas of gambling regulation and harm reduction measures in 2015.

Merry Christmas from the GIRO team, Tony and Elanor.

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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