Gambling for most people is a form of entertainment that is enjoyed responsibly, however, for some people their gambling can lead to problems that may not only affect them individually, but also have an effect on their families and friends.
signs of a problem usually involve people spending more time and money gambling than they would like to, or than they can afford. This situation doesn't normally occur overnight.
Problem gambling is characterised nationally by “difficulties
in limiting money and/or time spent on gambling which leads to adverse consequences for the gambler, their family or friends and for the community”.
The Problem Gambling Support Services Committee (PGSSC) was established under the auspices of the Gaming and Wagering Commission of Western Australia in 1995, to address issues associated with problem gambling in Western Australia.
The committee’s mission statement is:
To educate the community of Western Australia on the impact and consequences of problem gambling and to facilitate and promote the help services available for those people affected by gambling related harm
The committee consists of representatives from Crown Perth, Racing and Wagering Western Australia, Lotterywest, WA Bookmakers Association, Department of Local Government and Communities, and the Gaming and Wagering Commission of WA. The committee
is self-funded through voluntary contributions from representatives and is not reliant on an appropriation from Treasury. Executive support services are provided to the committee by the department.
are funded by the committee to address gambling related harm in Western Australia. These services include a 24-hour confidential telephone helpline, a face-to-face counseling service and an on-line counseling service.
To enable the Problem Gambling Support Services Committee (PGSSC) to comply with its Mission Statement in educating the community on the effects of problem gambling and delivering effective help services, the committee during the period 2017-2020 will implement the following objectives:
Action: Work collaboratively with gambling help service providers to ensure all Western Australians who are experiencing gambling related harm have access to gambling help services.
Action: Continue to raise awareness throughout Western Australia of the effects of problem gambling via targeted media campaigns, the gambleaware website and social media.
Action: Work collaboratively with gambling help service providers and industry stakeholders to identify and address gaps in service delivery.
Action: Keep the committee informed of new research/policies to prevent and reduce harm caused by gambling.
Action: Key stakeholders to employ best practice initiatives in line with any applicable industry codes of practice. Those initiatives will be shared with the committee.
Help is available for people affected by gambling by:
Material developed to be approved by the committee with the campaign being conducted at various times throughout the year via a range of mediums to increase awareness of the availability of help services.
A user friendly, mobile optimised website which increases awareness of the impacts of problem gambling and the help services available.
A range of initiatives implemented by stakeholders throughout Responsible Gambling Awareness Week raising awareness of harm caused from problem gambling.
Gaps in service identified and appropriate action endorsed by the committee.
Stakeholders are informed to make evidence-based decisions relating to responsible gambling within their industries.
Responsible gambling initiatives implemented and maintained in respective services reducing harm caused by gambling.
The committee is aware of successful responsible gambling initiatives undertaken throughout the WA gambling industry.
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