Extra support for problem gamblers and their families

The Federal Government has allocated money from the 2012-13 budget for activities under the Tackling Problem Gambling package, which was announced in January 2012.

Close to $26 million will be provided over four years to support Australia’s five million problem gamblers and their families.

Activities include Financial Counselling Services to help problem gamblers and their families to better manage their finances.

From 1 January 2013, an additional 50 counselling positions will be funded through the Commonwealth Financial Counselling Service to help problem gamblers and their families to better manage their finances.

The counsellors will undertake specialised training and will work closely with local gaming venues as well as state and territory gambling counselling services.

The funding will also expand the reach of the Gambling Help Online website, improving the information available for families and making it easier for individuals to sign up for online counselling sessions.

It will also improve access to help services for smart phones users and people with a disability.

You can find out more about the Tackling Problem Gambling package here.

10.06.12