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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. 

The policy is currently under review in 2020.

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!

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 2018/2019 gaming machine data for Kingston reveals that:

  • On average $234,798 was lost on poker machines every day in the City of Kingston
  • There are 16 gaming venues in Kingston and 902 poker machines, equaling 6.98 machines per 1,000 adults
  • $85,701,350.43 was lost on pokies within the City of Kingston in the past year 
  • City of Kingston is ranked 9 of 70 local governments for highest poker machine losses in Victoria

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, 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).