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Gambling Policy 2020-2024

Council adopted its Gambling Policy 2020-2024 to affirm its commitment to preventing and reducing gambling harm in the City of Kingston. The policy was updated to align with recent changes in the industry, community input, expert guidance and Council's new advocacy position demonstrated through the Pokies Advocacy Campaign 2019-2021. The Gambling Policy 2020-2024 includes 11 policy statements that provide direction for Council decision making to prevent and reduce gambling harm in Kingston.

Pokies Advocacy Campaign 2019-2021

Council implemented its Pokies Advocacy Campaign in 2019 as part of an overall strategy to reduce the harms associated with gambling in the Kingston community. The campaign features various activities to raise awareness, advocate for change, raise community support, improve compliance, and promote alternate activities to gambling.

Learn more about the campaign at Poker Machine losses - Enough is enough!

Search for a pokies free function venue near you

Looking to hold a function for your group? We have collated a list of function venues within 3km of Kingston's borders. They have been sorted between room hire only venues and on-site catering venues. The list includes commercial businesses, sporting clubs, community buildings and Council venues. Access the full list in Excel format.

Support Services

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

  • 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 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

For immediate assistance with a gambling problem:

For more information about gambling:

Pokies in Kingston

The 2019/2020 electronic gaming machine data for Kingston reveals that:

  • On average $233,385 was lost on poker machines every day* in the City of Kingston
  • There are 16 gaming venues in Kingston and 902 poker machines, equaling 6.91 machines per 1,000 adults
  • $62,080,320.77 was lost on pokies within the City of Kingston in the past year^
  • City of Kingston is ranked 10 of 70 local governments for highest poker machine losses in Victoria

*Losses per day that pokies were open (All pokies in Victoria were closed from 23 March 2020 due to COVID-19).

^Losses for period 1 July 2019 to 22 March 2020 (All pokies in Victoria were closed from 23 March 2020 due to COVID-19).

Download further information about pokies in Kingston from the related information box or 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 Banyule, Brimbank, Darebin, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Knox, Marybyrnong, Maroondah, Melbourne, Monash, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Whitehorse, Whittlesea, Wyndham, Yarra and Shires of Mornington Peninsula and Mitchell on the leadership group.

Visit The Pokies Play You for more information, resources and data relating to gambling.

Gambling Regulation

You can visit the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation(VCGLR) to learn more about 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).