Reducing Harm from Gambling Policy

The purpose of the Greater Bendigo Reducing Harm from Gambling Policy (the Policy) is to outline Council’s future approach to reducing harm from gambling across the Greater Bendigo community.

High rates of harm from gambling were identified in the planning for the City of Greater Bendigo Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017 – 2021 and Healthy Greater Bendigo 2021 - 2025. Whilst the overall amounts lost on gambling across the City are not available, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) reported that in 2018-19 the Greater Bendigo net losses on Electronic Gaming Machines were $50,671,968.

This policy replaces the previous City of Greater Bendigo (City) Gaming Policy “Accessible but not Convenient” which was developed in 2007. It recognises the statutory and regulatory changes that have occurred since that time and the increased knowledge and understanding of the social and economic impacts of gambling on the community.