The Data's Out! - Alliance for Gambling Reform

Victorians lose 2.7 billion a year from pokies

Dear Minister Kairouz,

The data is out and Victorians are losing $2.7 BILLION a year from poker machines. That's an average of $7.4m every day in 2018-2019. 

Australians lose more to gambling per capita than anyone else in the world. This is not business as usual - this is a serious problem that requires urgent action.

This is a national disgrace and I want to see Victoria become the leader in poker machine reform. We need our policy to protect the community.

Our most vulnerable communities are experiencing the highest losses and this has got to change. Our gambling policies should prioritise people, not pokies! Before us, there's a once in a generation opportunity to make substantial reforms and protect our communities from further harm.

You say that you've worked hard to introduce policies to reduce the harm - but the data speaks for itself. 

I am demanding that you do better.

Let's make Victoria a leader in poker machine reforms in Australia.


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The Victorian Government has released individual pokies venue loss data for the 2018-2019 financial year, which once again confirmed the enormous damage being down to Victoria’s most vulnerable communities.

Victorians lost $2.7 billion in the last year, which is $7.4m every day in 2018-2019. This is money that should've been spent in our local communities. Per capita, Australians lose more to gambling than anyone else in the world and we want Victoria to become a leader in pokie reform in Australia.

As the pokie entitlement reviews approach, we want our government to take this opportunity to put people before pokies and send a message: Australia needs to take it's pokie problem seriously.