Page 4408 - Week 11 - Thursday, 25 October 2018

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(1) How many applications were received for funding through the Problem Gambling Assistance Fund (PGAF) in 2017-18.

(2) How many of these applications were funded.

(3) Can the Minister provide a list of activities that were funded under the PGAF in 2017-18 and which organisations the funding was provided to.

(4) How much funding was provided for the following activities (a) gambling research, (b) counselling, (c) other mental health or social supports, (d) gambling harm promotion and campaigns and (e) other activities.

Mr Ramsay: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

The Problem Gambling Assistance Fund is administered by the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission (the Commission). I have sought advice from the Commission in respect of the questions asked. The responses below are as provided by the Commission:

(1) Two.

(2) One application was successful in 2017-18. Note that this does not include existing and on-going projects funded by Problem Gambling Assistance Fund (PGAF).


Professional gambling counselling and support for people experiencing gambling harm, including families and friends - ACT Gambling Counselling and Support Service (delivered by Relationships Australia), Gambling Help Online

Research Projects in the ACT – ANU Centre for Gambling Research, Youth Coalition of the ACT

Establishment and maintenance of a venue exclusion scheme in the ACT - Hammond Street Developments

Re-development of the GRC website to provide information for ACT residents about gambling harm, self-help tools, and how to seek for professional help – Inklab (Developer)

National gambling research projects - Gambling Research Australia

Education and training events Gambling Harm and mental health - Capital Health Network

Gambling Harm Awareness Week 2017 events to raise community awareness about gambling harm in the ACT. Funding provided for travel and accommodation (where necessary) for speakers from the Hope Project and the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, as well as venue hire (CIT Reid Student Association), and advertising.

Gambling Contact Officer (GCO) initiative, including GCO promotional materials and individual identifiers distributed to every gaming venue in the ACT - ClubsACT (as project coordinator).


(a) Gambling research: $59,985

(b) & (c) Counselling & Other mental health or social support: $831,849

(d) Gambling harm promotion and campaigns: $135,331

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