The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment to give the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (the Foundation) more clout when it comes to addressing gambling related harm.
The Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Jane Garrett said that legislation introduced to Parliament to ensure the Foundation has a clear advocacy and policy role.
It is the first time the Foundation will have the dedicated role which will be responsible for making recommendations to the government in the interests of the community.
With this expanded role, the Foundation will be able to consult with government, industry, health professionals and community groups, and use its knowledge, experience and expertise to advise the government on relevant policy matters.
The Foundation, which is modelled on Vic Health, will work within a public health framework to build resilience of Victorians to problem gambling.
The Foundation was established to provide education, research, treatment and support services to Victorians with a view to reducing gambling-related harm and fostering responsible gambling.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Jane Garrett
“The Foundation plays a significant role in supporting Victorians affected by problem gambling.”
“This is about giving the Foundation more teeth for tackling problem gambling in the community and giving them a stronger voice for those who have been affected by problem gambling.”
“By expanding the role of the Foundation, and through other initiatives such as the Australia first networked pre-commitment scheme, Victoria is leading the way in developing a strong culture of responsible gambling.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020