Gambling Policy Statement 2016-2020

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Council has been a fierce advocate against the proliferation of poker machines in our neighbourhoods and is a state and national leader in campaigning for action and change.

Council considers gambling to be a public health issue which impacts on individuals, families and communities.

A number of external and deliberate factors play a significant role in this public health issue, including state legislation and poker machine approval processes, concentration of poker machines in vulnerable areas, advertising and accessibility, high-intensity products, poorly regulated gambling industries and state government reliance on poker machine revenue.

Council’s is dedicated to continuing to engage our local community in taking positive ownership of the issue, decreasing stigma, encouraging help-seeking and participation in gambling-free community spaces and activities.

We are seeking legislative reform to the Gambling Regulation Act to place greater regulation and restrictions on the gambling industry, environments and products which are designed to mislead and profit from individuals.

 Policy Statement

The City of Monash Public Health Approach to Gambling Policy Statement 2016-2020 was adopted by Council at the May 2016 Council meeting.

It outlines nine policy priorities policy priorities that will be applied to all relevant Council planning, policy, programs and decision-making to ensure a whole-of-Council approach.

These include:

  • oppose any relocation of existing Monash poker machines to disadvantaged areas within Monash
  • continue to advocate to the State Government to reform the Gambling Regulation Act so greater regulation and restrictions are placed on the gambling industry
  • promote a range of non-gambling social, cultural and recreational opportunities in Monash to encourage people to make engaged, active and healthy lifestyle choices
  • disallow gambling activity, promotion or advertising in Council-owned facilities such as sporting pavilions
  • refuse funding to community groups that meet in venues that have poker machines.

Please view:

City of Monash Public Health Approach to Gambling Policy Statement 2016-2020 (PDF, 932KB)

You can also read the: Council Meeting 31 May 2016 - Report on the Gambling Policy Statement (DOCX, 35KB)

Consultation

The draft City of Monash Public Health Approach to Gambling Policy Statement was released for public comment from 1 April – 28 April 2016.

Council received 42 submissions, with overwhelming support for Council’s strong stance in relation to:

  • Strengthening the community resilience to Gambling related harm
  • Advocacy; and
  • Leadership

A number of submissions received by Council were  heartfelt and courageous stories highlighting the real impact of the gambling industry on the Monash community.

Please view the community feedback submissions here:

Summary of Consultation Feedback – Gambling Policy Statement (PDF, 148KB)

Fast Facts about Gambling

Here are some fast facts about gambling in Monash:

  • A staggering $313,000 is lost through poker machines in Monash each day, adding up to $114 million over a year
  • Monash is among the five Victorian municipalities most affected by gambling, as measured by the number of local gaming machine venues (15 in Monash), the number of poker machines (957 in Monash, equating to 6.3 machines per every 1,000 Monash adults) and the annual losses on poker machines ($114 million in 2014/15).

More Information

For more information, contact Fee Harrison, Manager Community Planning and Development, on 9518 3526 or at feeh@monash.vic.gov.au

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Last updated: 01 August 2016