Gambling - ACTCOSS
Social Justice Issue


Gambling is a high cost, low return activity for the ACT community and across Australia more broadly. Gambling can cause serious harms for individuals, families and communities and can include financial harm, relationship disruption, emotional or psychological distress, worsening health and reduced work or study performance. ACTCOSS advocates for harm reduction policy, investment and reform in relation to gambling.

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ACTCOSS Position Statement on Gambling

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29 April 2022 Learn more
Media release

ACTCOSS welcomes new moves to reduce harm from gambling

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed a significant step by the ACT Government towards reducing gambling harm by in the Canberra community. This follows today’s release by ACT Greens Leader and Attorney General Shane Rattenbury MLA of a discussion paper outlining the proposed changes to reduce harm from gambling for community consultation. […]

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18 March 2022 Learn more
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ACT Government introduces new surrender initiative to cut down number of pokies

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today welcomed a new initiative aimed at reducing the reliance of Canberra’s community clubs on revenues from EGMs (Electronic Gaming Machines) or ‘pokies’. The initiative, announced by ACT Attorney-General Shane Rattenbury MLA, will pay Canberra’s community clubs $15,000 for each gaming machine authorisation surrendered. The payment will […]

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