Major gambling reforms in Victoria
The Victorian Government has just announced major reforms to reduce gambling harms.
The reforms include a mandatory shutdown period from 4am to 10am, mandatory pre-commitment and carded play on all of Victoria’s 27,000 poker machines, as well as load limits being reduced from $1000 to $100.
Turning Point welcomes these reforms, which come after Turning Point and MARC made a joint submission to the Inquiry into the Victorian Auditor General’s reports on regulating gambling and liquor; and reducing the harm caused by gambling.
The submission outlined strategies to prevent and reduce alcohol and gambling related harm, including the use of data on alcohol related harms to inform liquor licensing and compliance processes, introducing a national, universal pre-commitment system for online gambling, and strengthening consumer protections related to both online and in-person gambling.