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Gambling Reform NSW


Reduce gambling harm

Reduce gambling hours




Pokies are designed to addict.

Every day $18.7million is lost through poker machines in New South Wales. Every day of the year.

Gambling contributes to anxiety, financial stress, work and study problems. It can lead to poverty, mental health issues, and family violence.


Australia has the greatest per capita gambling losses in the world. The statistics are staggering. Around $24 billion is lost each year, $12.5 billion attributed to poker machines.

NSW is home to 30 percent of the world’s pub and club poker machines, but reform has been slow. 

Many Australians might not know the full scale of the issue and its devastating consequences.

Gambling can lead to a spectrum of harm, from anxiety and financial stress, to mental ill health and links with poverty, family breakdown, homelessness and potential self-harm.


Here are some resources you can use and share:

  • Watch the video of the Moderator, Rev Simon Hansford, talking with Rev Keith Garner from Wesley Mission and Rev Tim Costello from the Alliance for Gambling Reform.
  • Read the article in Insights magazine where the Moderator, Simon Hansford, introduces the issue of gambling harm, and this campaign
  • Download this poker machine fact sheet 
  • Share this infographic
  • Use this cartoon by Jess Harwood when you are campaigning (we commissioned her to make this great artwork, and you are free to share it)


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
Current data on club and pub pokie losses and numbers.


If you want to help achieve gambling reform, consider taking other action:





If you or a loved one are experiencing problems related to gambling, please contact:

Wesley Mission: 1300 827 638

Gambling Help: 1800 858 858 or

Lifeline: 13 11 14


Map of Australia highlighting NSW