$200,000 For CALD Projects To Reduce Gambling Harm

The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging Victorian community organisations to apply for funding under a new $200,000 grants program to help prevent or reduce gambling harm in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

Grants of up to $20,000 are available to grassroots CALD organisations for projects that offer assistance in combating problem gambling in these communities.

Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz announced the funding at a joint Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation–Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health forum in Melbourne.

The event brought together established CALD community organisations to share their experiences and strategies for managing gambling harm.

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (23-29 October) is a partnership between the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, industry, community groups and local councils that aims to reduce gambling harm.

Tips that are being promoted throughout the week include:

  • setting money and time limits and sticking to them
  • keeping track of spending
  • taking regular breaks
  • when catching up with friends, making sure it’s not always about gambling

For more information about Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, visit wellplayed.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz

“People from culturally and linguistically diverse communities are more likely to experience harm from gambling.”

“Having a gambling addiction can be very isolating, particularly if you are a member of a CALD community – this funding will go towards programs that will bring down the barriers to getting help.”

Quotes attributable to MCWH Executive Director Dr Adele Murdolo

“The Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health is delighted to host this forum as part of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week.”

“We hope that CALD communities and people who work with them will learn about the signs of gambling harm and some important tips to reduce harm from gambling.”