Victorians will be able to track their betting on electronic gaming machines under an Australian-first scheme introduced by the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Jane Garrett said the voluntary pre-commitment scheme, YourPlay, will encourage a culture of responsible gambling in Victoria.
Under the scheme, people can sign up for a swipe card that will allow them to set their own limits, set reminders and track how much time and money they are spending on gaming machines.
The voluntary system gives players a warning message once their time or money has reached its pre-determined limit. Players can also access their own information and set limits at a venue or online using their phone, computer or tablet.
In an Australian first, the system will link all gaming machines and venues across the state so that people can record their spending regardless of location.
For the next three months, the scheme will be trialled with 100 selected participants at 14 venues across Victoria, at Abbotsford, Altona, Bendigo, Brunswick, Caulfield South, Dandenong, Hampton, Footscray, Geelong, and Newport.
Venues will display information and provide brochures to inform people about the system.
By December, all gaming machines in Victoria must offer players the option of using the pre-commitment system.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Jane Garrett
“The Andrews Labor Government is leading the way with this Australian-first pre-commitment scheme. We’re encouraging Victorians to gamble responsibly and stay healthy.”
“For the first time people will be able to walk into a gaming venue anywhere in the state and control how much time and money they want to spend.”
“It’s a voluntary system which gives Victorians more options to help them stay in control of their spending on gaming machines.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020