Gambling Ad Ban Near Schools, Roads And Public Transport

17 September 2017

The Andrews Labor Government will ban betting advertising on roads, public transport, and within 150 metres of all Victorian schools.

Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz today announced new laws that will shield vulnerable Victorians, particularly school aged children, from the promotion of gambling.

The Gambling Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 will apply to all static betting advertising, including outdoor billboards, on public transport, roads and associated infrastructure like stations, bridges, noise walls and embankments.

The ban responds to community concerns about the proliferation of betting advertising. Research shows three-quarters of children aged between eight and 16 think gambling is a normal part of sport and two thirds can recall at least one sports betting brand.

The Labor Government also announced today that it will amend the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 to allow it to ban or impose conditions on exotic forms of wagering like ‘betting on lotteries’, which allow people to bet on the outcome of Australian or overseas based lotteries.

The changes will give the Minister new powers to ban or restrict companies that offer this service, and to prevent other forms of wagering that present a higher risk of harm to the community or create consumer protection issues.

The proposed laws build on Labor Government initiatives to reduce gambling-related harm, including a 25-year freeze on the number of gaming machines in Victoria.

The Labor Government calls on the Federal Government to extend restrictions on broadcast gambling advertisements during live sport to include the entire match.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz

“Kids should be able to go to school and get home without being bombarded by betting advertising – that’s what these changes are all about.”

“This Bill will restrict gambling advertising in public spaces, protecting problem gamblers and other vulnerable groups in our community.”

“Victoria is leading the way on this issue, and it’s time for the Turnbull Government to act further on broadcast ads – to reduce the impact of betting advertising on sports fans.”

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