The City of Port Phillip is in the process of developing a Responsible Gambling Policy. The draft Policy has five strategies to respond to the harms that result from problem gambling. This includes promoting information on where to access support and alternative forms of social activities for people experiencing gambling problems.
You can contribute to the development of the Responsible Gambling Policy by clicking here to complete an online survey. Written submissions are also welcome. Please forward your submission to Simon Smith at City of Port Phillip, Private Bag No. 3, PO St Kilda VIC 3182, or email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. Surveys and submissions will be accepted until Monday, 28 February.
Click here to download a copy of the draft Responsible Gambling Policy and Background Information.
Gambling in the City of Port Phillip
No matter where you live in Port Phillip, there is at least one gambling venue near you. Gambling outlets include poker machine venues, TAB outlets, scratchies and lottery tickets, and on-line gambling at home. Last year, almost $30 million was spent at local pokie venues. Information about how much is spent by the local community on other forms of gambling isn’t publicly available.
Crown Casino is also near Port Phillip and is accessible from most public transport routes in the municipality.
Gambling in Victoria and in Australia
Gambling is a source of recreation for many people. Three in four Victorians adults gamble each year, often by buying a lottery ticket.  However for a smaller group of people, gambling can have a significant effect on their lives and on family and friends. On average, Australian adults who gamble spend about $1500 each year. The Productivity Commission has found that more Australian adults are affected by problem gambling than are hospitalised each year for traffic accidents.
 Department of Justice 2009, A Study of Gambling in Victoria: Gambling from a Public Health Perspective, p.38
 Productivity Commission 2010, Gambling, Report no. 50, pp.7, 11
Where can you get help for gambling problems?
If you have concerns about your gambling, or the gambling of a family member or friend, call Gambler’s Help Southern Intake during business hours on 9575 5353. Self-help information is also available at http://www.ghsouthern.org.au
Gambler’s Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 858 858.
For more information about gambling in Australia and Victoria, see these resources:
Responsible Gambling Advocacy Centre
Productivity Commission Inquiry into Gambling