Help shape our Gambling Policy

Share your experiences and views on gambling by 29 March.  Whether you are someone who gambles or someone who may be impacted by gambling - we want to hear from you!

We’re reviewing our gambling policy to update it based on the latest research and evidence – and we need your help.

Our updated policy will consider the health, social and economic impacts of gambling within our local community.

We invite you to participate in this project to ensure Council’s position on gambling reflects community needs and expectations.

How to get involved

  • Complete the survey to help us explore how the policy may change.
  • Share an anonymous story to help us understand the role gambling has in your life.
  • RSVP to attend a workshop on 20 or 23 March for a deep dive on this topic.
  • Nominate yourself to attend a focus group on Thursday 21 March from 4pm - 5.30pm at Youth Connexions for young people aged 16-25 years to better understand your views and experiences about gambling. Food will be provided and participants will each receive a $40 JB Hi Fi voucher. Parental consent is required for young people under 18 years.

Background information

This engagement project aims to explore community attitudes toward the role Council should have in relation to gambling in Whitehorse.

At the state level, gambling is regulated by the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission. The commission is an independent statutory body responsible for the licensing of the gambling industry. Gambling advertising is regulated by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

At the local level, Council may influence the outcome of permit applications for pokie venues. We must assess each planning permit application considering its effects on the overall enjoyment and effective operation of the surrounding area.

Additionally, Council may be able to influence the social, health and economic effects of gambling through advocacy and education programs.

The new policy may address:

  • Other forms of gambling, including sports and online betting.
  • How much advertising and promotion for gambling products should be permitted within Council-owned venues, and on Council-owned land.
  • Whether Council should host events in venues where gambling happens.
  • If Council should support and fund community groups that also receive funding from the gambling industry.

Learn more:

Share your experiences and views on gambling by 29 March.  Whether you are someone who gambles or someone who may be impacted by gambling - we want to hear from you!

We’re reviewing our gambling policy to update it based on the latest research and evidence – and we need your help.

Our updated policy will consider the health, social and economic impacts of gambling within our local community.

We invite you to participate in this project to ensure Council’s position on gambling reflects community needs and expectations.

How to get involved

  • Complete the survey to help us explore how the policy may change.
  • Share an anonymous story to help us understand the role gambling has in your life.
  • RSVP to attend a workshop on 20 or 23 March for a deep dive on this topic.
  • Nominate yourself to attend a focus group on Thursday 21 March from 4pm - 5.30pm at Youth Connexions for young people aged 16-25 years to better understand your views and experiences about gambling. Food will be provided and participants will each receive a $40 JB Hi Fi voucher. Parental consent is required for young people under 18 years.

Background information

This engagement project aims to explore community attitudes toward the role Council should have in relation to gambling in Whitehorse.

At the state level, gambling is regulated by the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission. The commission is an independent statutory body responsible for the licensing of the gambling industry. Gambling advertising is regulated by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

At the local level, Council may influence the outcome of permit applications for pokie venues. We must assess each planning permit application considering its effects on the overall enjoyment and effective operation of the surrounding area.

Additionally, Council may be able to influence the social, health and economic effects of gambling through advocacy and education programs.

The new policy may address:

  • Other forms of gambling, including sports and online betting.
  • How much advertising and promotion for gambling products should be permitted within Council-owned venues, and on Council-owned land.
  • Whether Council should host events in venues where gambling happens.
  • If Council should support and fund community groups that also receive funding from the gambling industry.

Learn more:

  • Complete this survey to share your experiences with gambling and your views on the role Council should play. It should take 10-15 minutes. All answers are confidential.

    Complete Survey
  • Share a story or share more about your experiences with gambling. This will help us to understand the role gambling has had in your life. All stories you submit will be anonymous. This may take 5-10 minutes.

    Share Your Story
  • We’re holding two workshops where we’ll explore the topic of gambling in more detail. These will be held from 6pm-7.30pm on 20 March and 11am-12.30pm on 23 March. Please RSVP to let us know you will attend.

    RSVP
  • We are hosting a small focus group on Thursday 21 March from 4pm - 5.30pm at Youth Connexions for young people aged 16-25 to better understand their views and experiences about gambling.

    Register for Youth Focus Group
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