After a five month Inquiry into the Advertising and Promotion of
Gambling in Sport, the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform
has reported early. The major recommendations contained in the 78
page document are:
In relation to sports betting promotion
A governmental review of the gambling industry's self
regulation regarding the promotion of gambling products to an
audience which includes children and legislative intervention if
the industry does not make appropriate changes.
A governmental review (including public consultation) of the
current exemption of gambling advertising for sporting
Further research be undertaken in relation to the long term
effects of gambling advertising on children, and in particular, the
normalisation of gambling during televised sport.
Nationally consistent responsible gambling messages be agreed
to work as effectively as possible as harm minimisation
A review (including public consultation) of the amount of
betting promotion at sporting venues (including on uniforms) to
ensure that it is appropriate for what is marketed as a family
A review the availability of merchandise to children featuring
sports betting logos or names.
Further research be undertaken in relation to the effect of
mobile phone applications on problem gambling (including what are
the most effective harm minimisation features and how these can be
In relation to sports integrity
The development of appropriate tools and resources for amateur
sport to increase participants' awareness of the risks and
threats posed gambling on amateur sporting events.
In light of the intense media and social commentary surrounding
gambling advertising it is not surprising that the report favoured
movement from the status quo. However there were dissenters who
felt that the report and recommendations did not go far enough. A
detailed analysis of the report and what it may mean to the
gambling industry will follow shortly.
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