Gambling affects individuals, families and our wider community.
Losses to electronic gambling machines (EGMs or 'pokies') in Greater Dandenong reached $121 million in 2017–18. This is the highest level of losses per adult in Victoria.
Since their introduction in Victoria, gamblers have lost more than $3 billion in this municipality. This equals more than $60,000 per household.
In this section, learn about the extent and impact of gambling in Greater Dandenong. Review an outline of Council’s response to gambling.
Get free, confidential advice and help for gambling problems from Gamblers Help on 1800 858 858.
I was addictedto poker machines for over a decade. I’m off them now,and am determined to get tougher laws to prevent others being fleeced by these machines. I’m excited to see so many new people join the Alliance for Gambling Reform, and I hope you become one of them.” - Libby
harms individuals, families and our community.
Most gambling-related problems arise when a person loses more than they, or their household, can afford.
The resulting financial hardship can impact personal, social, family and employment situations. For many families and households in Greater Dandenong, the impacts of gambling losses include:
- financial pressure
- family conflict and violence
- legal problems
Australian research shows that between 2 and 4
Many gamblers experience sustained losses. These losses may not lead to a crisis. However, it can cause gamblers and their families to endure a poorer standard of living and quality of life.
Help for people with gambling-related problems
Gambler’s Help is a service for people experiencing problem gambling and their families. This service provides counselling, financial advice and community education throughout Victoria.
- For 24 hour, 7-day support and information, call Gambler’s Help Telephone Counselling Services. Free call on 1800 858 858.
- Locally, residents can contact Gambler’s Help Southern on 9575 5353 Monday to Friday, from 9.30am–4.30pm.
Visit the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation's website for help and advice about:
- self-help resources
- materials for families and friends
- personal stories
- research and information in community languages.