What is responsible gambling?

What is responsible gambling?Are you a gambling venue employee? Do you understand the definition of responsible gambling?

Responsible gambling occurs in a regulated environment where the potential harm associated with gambling is minimised and people make informed decisions about their participation in gambling.

Responsible gambling occurs as a result of the collective actions and shared ownership by individuals, communities, the gambling industry and the Government to achieve outcomes that are socially responsible and responsive to community concerns.

The aim of responsible gambling is to achieve a balance between the possible ‘upsides’ and ‘downsides’ of gambling. All Queensland gambling legislations, state the objective of ensuring that, the State and the community as a whole benefit from the various gambling products and this is to be achieved by minimising the potential of harm from each gambling product. The aim is to ensure that responsible gambling is promoted in all gambling venues.

The recreational gambler is someone who:

  • Is in control
  • Sees gambling as entertainment not a job
  • Doesn’t take gambling too seriously
  • Only gambles with money set aside for entertainment, never with the money for rent or food
  • Never gambles with money borrowed from friends, or money set aside for other things, or with cash advances from credit cards
  • Sets limits on the amount of time and money that will be spent
  • Sticks to these limits and walks away when they are reached
  • Recognises that a gambler can’t win in the long run and doesn’t try to chase a win
  • Is relaxed and sociable
  • Is aware of family and friends
  • Is happy to take frequent breaks

Keep your knowledge up-to-date to ensure that you understand the concept of responsible gambling according to responsible gambling legislation in Queensland.