In Australia, there have been increasingly strident calls for a change in the country’s gambling laws. Researchers have labeled Australia as the country with the largest number of losers. Australians lose more money gambling per capita than any other country. Several states in Australia have become more and more focused on the notion of responsible gambling.
To try to create more responsible gambling practices for businesses, two agencies launched a program for responsible gambling last month. Liquor & Gaming New South Wales teamed up with the International Center for Gaming Regulation.
The center has its headquarters at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. Together, the entities hoped gambling companies would share knowledge and information. They want to improve responsible gambling practices in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
Australia’s Gambling Problem
Australians love to gamble. They place millions of sports bets each year. They go to large casinos to gamble and spend a weekend at a resort. They play online games.
However, many critics of the gambling industry point to two major problems with gambling in Australia. First, the rampant abuse of electronic gambling machines — called pokies — by gamblers in the country. Second, each state has its own rules for governing gambling. Therefore, it is difficult to enact legislation nationwide. Gambling laws vary from state to state, so there are no policies focusing on responsible gambling laws.
The gambling commission and the International Center for Gaming Regulation held a gaming regulation training program for regional countries.
The program focused on collaboration and creating best practices for responsible gambling. Before the program began, the agencies asked for feedback from other gambling agencies and government regulators. They wanted to know what training the participants were interested in. The participants wanted information on ways gambling businesses could work on practices for more responsible gaming.
Discussions focused on topics, such as self-banning, addiction recovery and awareness, fraud, and company policy.