What our campaign will do?
We will demonstrate the wide community support for reforms that make venues just as responsible as individuals to help reduce and prevent harm, and we will make the self-exclusion system in NSW work properly.
What can I do?
You can sign up here to join our campaign, and we'll bring you into our campaign team to build a state-wide coalition of concerned citizens who will lobby their MPs, back the Minister's reforms, and stand up to pubs and clubs.
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What happens in NSW now?
People who recognize that they need to take action to manage their gambling can apply to a venue or a counsellor to take out a self-exclusion deed. This is a statement that lists the venues the person wants to be kept out of. It's an important way to help recovery, and reduce harm to the person and their family and friends.
But, amazingly, venues are not obliged to play their part and ensure those people are excluded. There are many stories of venues allowing people in to gamble without even checking if they are on the self-exclusion register.
What's on the table?
The Minister responsible for gambling in NSW, Victor Dominello, is seeking modest reforms which
- make venues obliged to check if patrons are on the self-exclusion register, and if they are, to refuse them entry
- if venues don't do this, they will be fined
- venues will also have to employ Gambling Marshalls, with training in advanced Responsible Conduct of Gambling
- families will have a pathway to apply to have a loved one excluded because of the harm their gambling is doing to themselves and their relatives
- venues will have to maintain a gambling incident register, just as they now have an alcohol incident register
The Alliance is also campaigning to incorporate a well-designed cashless system to help reinforce exclusion measures, to assist people to manage their own behaviour. It will also introduce simple actions, backed by research, to encourage breaks in play and help people limit their losses.
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