26 September 2023

Gambling week declared a winner

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The Department of Justice was active during the recent Gambling Harm Awareness Week, urging Queenslanders to begin and join in conversations about problem gambling.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Shannon Fentiman said the week provided an opportunity for Government, industry, and the community to discuss the important issue of how to reduce unsafe gambling.

“This year’s theme, Let’s talk about gambling, reminded us to start a conversation about problem gambling and encourage Queenslanders to talk about how gambling is affecting them,” Ms Fentiman said.

“Even simply asking someone close to you about their gambling can be a powerful first step in breaking down the stigma surrounding the issue.”

She said this year’s campaign aimed at raising awareness and promoting conversations in First Nations communities on what constituted safe and unsafe gambling.

“In July last year we launched the Gambling Harm Minimisation Plan for Queensland, a four-year plan that promoted a shared commitment by industry, community and Government to preventing and minimising gambling harm,” Ms Fentiman said.

‘To support the plan, this year’s Budget set aside more than $3 million over three years towards a range of gambling harm research and minimisation initiatives.”

She said this would fund the rollout of a Queensland Household Gambling Survey —the first since 2017 — which would gather crucial information to inform policy, services, and programs.

More information about the gambling help service provider can be accessed at this PS News link.

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