Electronic Gambling Policy

The Brimbank Electronic Gambling Policy 2015 outlines Council’s position on electronic gaming, in particular Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs), or ‘pokies’ as they are commonly known.

It details what Council will do to minimise the detrimental social and economic impacts of electronic gambling and support community wellbeing.

Council acknowledges that EGMs are a legal form of entertainment in Victoria. Council also recognises that problem gambling is a significant public health issue.

Gambling in Brimbank

Brimbank is ranked second highest for expenditure on EGMs per adult, following the City of Greater Dandenong. In 2013–2014, this equated to approximately $138.5 million, which is equivalent to $896 per Brimbank adult. The 2013–2014 net expenditure on EGMs (player losses) was approximately $1 million more than for 2012-2013.

The Policy includes a statement of Council’s aim, objectives, principles and action areas around the four (4) key roles of Council regarding EGMs. These roles are defined as leadership, planning, partnerships and advocacy.

The Policy was adopted by Council at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 9 December 2014.

Gambler's Help Western

Gambler’s Help Western provides a broad range of problem gambling counselling and support services including links to Gambler’s Anonymous, Peer Connection and Gambling Help On-Line.  For further details on how to find help for problem gambling please contact Gambler’s Help Western on (03) 9296 1234 or visit Gambling Help Online.

For more information please contact the Social Planning and Policy Officer on (03) 9249 4691 or email info@brimbank.vic.gov.au.