Victorian Students Do The Maths On Gambling Risk

16 October 2016

Victorian secondary students will learn more about the risks of gambling during their maths classes using new resources which can be integrated into their curriculum.

Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz was joined by Member for Northern Metropolitan Region Nazih Elasmar to launch the resources today at an event marking the start of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week.

The resources are designed for Year 10 to 12 students, and use role playing in maths classes to challenge misconceptions around the chances of winning.

They will help teachers incorporate gambling education into the curriculum and deliver information on how young people can seek help with problem gambling.

Available to schools later this term to assist teachers with their curriculum planning for 2017, the resources were developed by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation in partnership with the Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV).

MAV found students who had participated in the program’s trial improved their understanding of the long term outcome of random events, and the illusion of control in gambling, while their belief in luck had decreased.

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week runs from 17 to 23 October 2016. Information on how to get involved can be found at: Link

Quotes attributable to Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation Marlene Kairouz

“Victorian school students will be able to do the maths for themselves, which helps them learn that gambling is a quicker way to lose money, than it is make it.”

“Launching Responsible Gambling Awareness Week with these important teaching tools serves as a reminder that our kids are aware of gambling from a young age.”

Quote attributable to Member for Northern Metropolitan Region Nazih Elasmar OAM MP

“Responsible Gambling Awareness Week raises awareness about what it means to gamble responsibly to prevent gambling from destroying lives and families."

Quotes attributable to Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Chief Executive Officer Serge Sardo

“The new resources broaden our support for schools to embed gambling education into the curriculum.”

“The program aims to encourage young people to be critical thinkers when it comes to gambling, and empower them to navigate the new gambling environment.

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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