Media Release - Responsible Gambling

22 June 2009

Centrecare in partnership with government and state-wide industry groups will launch the Responsible Gambling Awareness Week in Western Australia on Monday 22nd June 2009 to promote responsible gambling practices within the community.

This week is Responsible Gambling Awareness Week.

The Gambling Help WA team attended the Launch of the Responsible Gambling Information Service at the Burswood Entertainment Complex this morning and will participate in a number of events to highlight the week.

National Facts
2.1% of the adult population experience problematic gambling. This is very high compared to other countries.

This 2.1% contribute a 1/3 of gambling revenue.

Australia owns 20% of the world's high intensity gaming machines.

17% of the Victorian Government revenue is from the gambling industry.

Australia has an estimated 300,000 people who experience problem gambling, the highest per capita in the world.

Most other States have legislation directing a % of gambling revenue to problem gambling services

WA Facts
Nearly 1% of the adult population experience problematic gambling

We are the only state that does not have high intensity gaming machines(pokies)

We have the highest rate of spending on Lotto in Australia

Gambling revenue is administered on a voluntary basis by Burswood, Racing and Wagering WA, Lottery West, Bookmakers Association and the Department of Racing , Gaming and Liquor and funds Centrecare's Gambling Help WA Counselling and Support Services.

Centrecare's Gambling Help W.A.
Centrecare has been providing Gambling Help services to individuals, families and the community since 1995

Gambling Help WA is the only State funded service to provide therapeutic gambling services.

41% of people accessing the service report suicidal ideation

Our clients are 3 times more likely to misuse drugs and alcohol

13% of clients say that their gambling had led to Family Violence

Outreach and training is provided to industry and non industry providers in metropolitan, regional and rural locations