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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

GIRO Alerts

12 February 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:

- New on the GIRO web pages

- Foundation news

- News from the VCGLR

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

New on the GIRO web pages

Research update

GIRO has just published its first research update for the year with the February 2015 edition looking at five studies published in 2014-2015:

  • Impact of structural characteristics of EGMs
  • Sports-embedded gambling promotions
  • Do social casino gamers migrate to online gambling?
  • Brand community and sports betting in Australia
  • Self-reported gambling problems and digital traces

Foundation news

Brand community and sports betting in Australia

Recently published by the foundation, this research investigated the practice of creating or nurturing community groups around branded betting products. This form of marketing is being used by sports betting advertisers to engage young adults into trying or buying their products.

This is of particular interest because it’s one of the ways sport and gambling are being brought closer together in terms of activities and everyday life.

Read the media release here or download the full report here.

Upcoming presentation – Impact of EGM structural characteristics on gambling behaviour

The foundation is hosting a presentation by Sarah Hare,director of Schottler Consulting and a leading expert in problem gambling research, policy and strategy.

This presentation highlights a range of insights with potential implications for future gaming machine design. Written by Schottler Consulting and funded by Gambling Research Australia, this national study involved observation of EGM play across three Australian states. Sarah Hare will present a summary of major findings of the study and explore the impact of EGM characteristics.

The findings from this study have implications for researchers, counsellors, local governments and policy makers.

An abstract and link to the study is on GIRO’s research webpages.

A longer review of this study is in the February GIRO Research Update.

When: Friday, 20 February 2015, 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 by 17 February 2015. Places are limited so please RSVP quickly.

Grants for gambling Research Program

The foundation is now seeking applications for Round 7 of the Grants for Gambling Research Program. Researchers are invited to submit project proposals under the research priority changing gambling environments.

The program provides funding of up to $200 thousand over three years for investigator-initiated research projects. The program also invites early career researchers to apply for funding of up to $50,000 over two years.

For further information please see the Tenders VIC website (tender number 2015-1). Applications close 25 March 2015.

News from the VCGLR

VCGLR News Summer 2015

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) recently published its summer 2015 edition of VCGLR News. Feature articles include: the footy tipping season, foundation support for Aboriginal communities, and pre-commitment.

Upcoming VCGLR EGM licensing hearings

Keilor East RSL: On 19 March 2015, the commission will hear an application from Keilor East RSL Sub-Branch Inc to increase the number of EGMs at the Keilor East RSL in the City of Moonee Valley from 25 to 39.

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 at the Mornington on Tanti Hotel in the Mornington Peninsula Shire from 23 to 40.

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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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

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