New South Wales - Alliance for Gambling Reform

New South Wales

Take Action!

Every day $20million is lost through poker machines in New South Wales. Every day of the year.

We need all MPs to start dealing with this as a public health issue and to swiftly act to minimize and prevent further harm. NSW still has over 89,000 poker machines (over 30% of the world’s non-casino pokies) and numbers have only fallen 5% in a decade.

Pokies are designed to addict and they contribute to poverty, mental health issues, and family violence.

There is an opportunity to share your story with the The Star Casino Review (due 30 November BREAKING NEWS - we negotiated an extension to December 10). The Review will be investigating how well Star manages its 'responsible gambling' and harm minimisation programs. If you have views on this, or a story to tell, click here to find out how to contact the Review. We can offer support and guidance.


NSW COUNCIL CAMPAIGNS: We're running a survey of council candidates' attitudes to gambling reform - because between November 27 and December 4 2021, residents of NSW will be electing new councillors. Find out more at this page - and if you are a candidate, you'll find resources and our survey.

Regular Campaigns

We're campaigning to start the process of reducing gambling harm with common sense policies such as:

1. Having all poker machines turned off between midnight and 10am

2. Bringing in $1 maximum bets

3. Ending loyalty schemes that encourage people to gamble more 

4. Giving councils the right to say “NO” to pokie machines

Check out what we're up to across the organisation through our campaign blog.


What we're up against: 

The NSW Coalition's Memos of Understanding with ClubsNSW:

MOU 2010

MOU 2014

MOU 2018

The NSW ALP's Clubs Policy, released during the 2019 state election campaign


Other resources:

The NSW Office of Responsible Gambling's Strategic Plan 2021-2024