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Gambling

Gambling Policy and Action Plan 2014 - 2019

Council adopted its updated Gambling Policy and Action Plan 2014 - 2019 in response to a community consultation and research process undertaken throughout 2012 and 2013. The  gambling policy aims to minimise the negative impacts of gambling in the community. It presents 12 position statements that outline Council's position on Gambling, and details an Action Plan to outline Council's activities related to gambling. 

Contact Council's Coordinator Planning Development if you are interested in being involved in any of Council's gambling related activities - 9581 4646 or community@kingston.vic.gov.au.

Go to the Strategies and Plans page to download a copy of the Policy. 

Support Services

Gambler's Help Southern provides a range of free, professional services throughout Southern Metropolitan Melbourne, such as:

  • Problem Gambling Counselling
  • Financial Counselling
  • Portfolio Services - Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol, Family & Relationship Health Promotion
  • Gaming Venue Support Education Services - professionals, community groups and gaming venues

To make an appointment at Gambler's Help Southern, call 9575 5353 between 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. 

For immediate assistance with a gambling problem: Freecall Gambler's Help Line on 1800 858 858 (24 hours, 7 days) or visit Gambling Help Online

For more information about gambling:

Pokies in Kingston

The 2017/18 gaming machine data for Kingston reveals that:

  • On average $236,386 was lost on poker machines every day in the City of Kingston
  • There are 16 gaming venues in Kingston and 898 poker machines, equaling 6.9 machines per 1,000 adults
  • $86,280,869 was lost on pokies in the past year 
  • City of Kingston is ranked 9 of 70 local governments for poker machine losses in Victoria

Download further information about pokies in Kingston form the related information box. Or you can visit the Gambling Information Resource Office for information about gambling and its regulation in Victoria.

Alliance for Gambling Reform

In July 2017 the City of Kingston joined The Alliance for Gambling Reform in an effort to reduce the impact of problem gambling in the community.  

The Alliance for Gambling Reform is an independent collaboration of over 60 organisations with a shared concern about the impacts of gambling and normalisation in Australian culture. The Alliance campaigns for reforms of the gambling industry that reduce the harm it causes.

Kingston has joined other local governments including the cities of Greater Dandenong, Monash, Hume, Melbourne, Whittlesea, Wyndham, Moreland, Darebin, Knox and Brimbank on the leadership group.  

For more information, resources and data relating to gambling visit www.pokiesplayyou.org.au.

Gambling Regulation

You can visit the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation's (VCGLR) website to learn more about pokie gambling in Kingston and across Victoria. The VCGLR  is responsible for the regulation of gambling in Victoria. 

The Gambling Regulation Act 2003 includes a provision allowing Council 60 days to make a social and economic impact assessment to the VCGLR regarding applications for new gaming premises or additional gaming machines in existing venues. If Council opposes an application at the VCGLR and is not successful it then has a right to appeal the decision with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).