Football Codes Join Forces For Responsible Awareness Of Gaming Week

Football Codes Join Forces For Responsible Awareness Of Gaming Week

Victoria Minister for Gaming Michael O’Brien

Coalition Govt Kicks Off Responsible Gambling Awareness Week

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Gaming Michael O’Brien today launched the 2011 Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW) with representatives from four of Victoria’s football codes at Etihad Stadium.

Mr. O’Brien said the launch of RGAW, which kicked off ahead of the Collingwood v Adelaide game, would encourage footy fans to stay in control of their gambling.

Mr. O’Brien was joined at the launch by AFL General Manager Football Operations, Adrian Anderson, Melbourne Storm CEO Ron Gauci, Melbourne Rebels CEO Ross Oakley, Melbourne Hearts CEO Scott Munn, Melbourne Victory Managing Director Richard Wilson and player representatives.

“This is the first time the AFL and Melbourne teams from the A-League, NRL and Super Rugby League have joined forces to support this important week.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“This is a unique public health initiative which reaches across many groups including players, fans, staff and the Victorian community as a whole.”

RGAW is a partnership initiative between the gaming industry, community groups and the Victorian Coalition Government and local governments which aims to raise awareness of the importance of gambling responsibly and runs from Monday 23 May to Sunday 29 May.

“Whether you support an AFL team, or Melbourne Storm, Melbourne Heart, Melbourne Victory, or the Melbourne Rebels, the message is simple if you’re having a flutter, know your limit.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“RGAW is about encouraging Victorians not to let gambling take over their lives, to set a limit and not to exceed it and to only take their allocated amount of money to a gaming venue.”

Mr. O’Brien said the Government was committed to reducing the prevalence and severity of problem gambling across Victoria.

“We’ve allocated $150 Million to tackle problem gambling through the establishment of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, the largest financial commitment in Victoria’s history to reducing problem gambling.” Mr. O’Brien said.

RGAW includes a range of events and opportunities statewide to promote the responsible gambling message, including thoroughbred and harness races and AFL games and a range of business and community forums, arts, education and cultural events.

A major highlight of the week is the RGAW keynote forum: The New Game: Emerging technology and responsible gambling being held at the MCG tomorrow.

Internationally-renowned speakers including Canada’s Professor Jeffrey Derevensky and Janine Robinson will present research into youth gambling online behaviours, sports betting, keeping the “game” in gaming and other topics.