NSW Government bolsters responsible gambling fund

Business News

Nine highly-qualified experts in public health, law, government, business and social research will advise the NSW Government on responsible gambling.

Minister for Racing Paul Toole said the reconstituted Responsible Gambling Fund (RGF) Trust will play a key role in helping the Government develop evidence-based and innovative approaches to prevent and reduce gambling harms.

“The Responsible Gambling Fund exists to support responsible gambling and minimise the risk of gambling-related harm in the community,” Mr Toole said.

“We’re fortunate to have such high-calibre people to advise on issues including research, community education, policies and intervention programs such as support and counselling services,” Mr Toole said.

Experienced lawyer John Dalzell will chair the Trust. The other appointees are psychiatrist Dr Clive Allcock, gambling researcher Professor Paul Delfabbro, accountant Elizabeth Lyne, social researcher Mark McCrindle, public policy executive Janett Milligan and public health academic Associate Professor Joel Negin.

Liquor, Gaming & Racing Deputy Secretary Paul Newson and mental health specialist Dr Greg Hugh will continue as trustees.

A new Office of Responsible Gambling will support the Trust, drive innovative policy and implement programs and initiatives to prevent and reduce gambling harm.

The RGF, funded by a levy on The Star casino, will this year allocate $18 million for initiatives to promote responsible gambling and address problem gambling.