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Council is currently reviewing its Electronic Gaming Policy. The Community Engagement Process will commence in February. A survey will be available on this website for you to provide feedback. Updates on the results and the development of the new policy will be posted here. The new policy will be completed by June 2014.

In July 2011, the City of Darebin had the following gaming profile:

• Total Electronic Gaming Machine (EGM) or losses of over $89
million during 2010- 2011
• 986 EGMs in 14 venues (8 hotels and 6 clubs)
• EGM density of 8.7 EGMs per 1,000 adults.This is higher than the
metropolitan Melbourne average of 6.1 and the State average of 6.3
• Annual EGM expenditure of $787, well above the metropolitan Melbourne
average of $658

The Darebin Electronic Gaming Machine Policy and Strategic Action Plan 2010-2014 was adopted in August 2010. The Policy articulates Council's position on gaming in Darebin and is orientated towards harm reduction measures at the local level. The scope of this policy provides Council with a clear position in relation to:

  • Council policy on EGM gambling
  • Community benefit
  • Council as responsible planning authority
  • Council-owned or managed property or land
  • Venue applications and permits
  • Gaming Alternatives

    Life's a Gamble Community Theatre Project

    Are you interested in social issues affecting the international student community?

    Come along and see the performance of Life’s a Gamble, a community theatre production that explores the vulnerabilities experienced by international students in Australia that lead to excessive gambling.

    Life's a Gamble: International Student Theatre Show (for Service Providers)
    Friday 26 October 12pm - 2pm
    Brunswick Town Hall, 233 Sydney Road Brunswick
    RSVP to Jacinta Da Silva on jdasilva@moreland.vic.gov.au or 92402372

    Life's a Gamble: International Student Theatre Show
    Friday 26 October 6pm - 8pm
    The Studio, Union Building, Latrobe University (Bundoora campus)
    RSVP to Kate Hufschmid at kate.hufschmid@bcs.org.au or 94502080

    Life's a Gamble Theatre Show and Village Games Night
    Monday 29 October 6pm - 9.30pm
    Darebin Intercultural Centre (Old Preston Courthouse) 59A Roseberry Avenue Preston
    RSVP to Kathy Asvestas on intercultural@darbin.vic.gov.au or 84708440

    About the Life’s a Gamble project

    Life’s a Gamble is an innovative community theatre project supported by the City of Darebin, City of Moreland, Gambler’s Help Northern and Latrobe University. The project involves young people and international students in a series of theatre workshops to explore themes around gambling and young people. The workshops draw on the personal stories of the young people themselves and culminate in a final theatre performance.

    A pilot of the Life’s a Gamble project took place in early 2012 with a final performance held as part of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week in May 2012. Audio samples of this final performance are provided below.

    For more information about the Life’s a Gamble community theatre project contact Darebin Council on 8470 8528.

    Gambling Support

    Gamblers Help Northern
    Call Gamblers Help Northern Counselling Service (24 hours, 7 days a week) on 1800 858 858.

    For people with a hearing impairment call TTY 1800 777 706.

    Mandatory Pre-Commitment

    The Interchurch Gambling Taskforce and Victorian Local Governance Association have developed post cards to the Prime Minister, the Hon. Julia Gillard in support of mandatory pre-commitment. This postcard can be downloaded at:


    Further Information

    Community Planning, Partnerships and Performance
    Ph: 8470 8630
    Email: mailbox@darebin.vic.gov.au

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