Brimbank has the unenviable record of attracting the highest losses on Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs) of any local government area in Victoria for the last decade. Since July 2011, just over $1.35 billion has been lost on EGMs in Brimbank.
Most recently, more than $60 million was lost between November 2020 and March 2021, following the re-opening of gaming rooms after the COVID-19 shutdown. That’s more than $435,000 per day, a 17 percent increase over the same period twelve months earlier.
Council has prepared a map that shows the location of the 15 gaming venues located in Brimbank, as well as a breakdown of losses at each venue during the 2019-20 financial year.
Download a copy (2.7MB)
For current information on venues and expenditure, visit Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.
For more information on the gambling environment and gambling-related harm in Brimbank, visit Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.
Alternatives to gambling in Brimbank
It is estimated that more than $85 million was saved in Brimbank while EGMs were switched off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With gaming rooms now open again, we want to support our community to ‘maintain the gains’. This brochure lists just some of the free and low cost things you can do in Brimbank, including programs and activities, online learning resources and Council facilities.
In 2018, Brimbank residents participated in a research project which examined the factors that shape the gambling attitudes and behaviours of older adults. The research found that:
- while most older adults attend community gambling venues for non-gambling activities, many also engage regularly in EGM gambling
- older adults generally have limited understanding of the structural characteristics of EGMs, and have misperceptions about the impact of EGMs on their local communities
- many older adults also have very specific understandings about the harm that may be caused by EGMs, which may increase their vulnerability
- there is a need for targeted strategies that seek to reduce and prevent the potential harms that may be caused from repeat exposure to EGMs in community gambling venues, including the need for more alternative, non-gambling venues and activities.
Please visit the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation to learn more and download the full report.
Gambler’s Help can help if you're experiencing gambling harm. They give free and confidential advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 1800 858 858 or visit Gambler’s Help for further details.