From the Minister

Message from the Attorney-General and

Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath

 

Gambling Community Benefit Fund update

Round 94 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) closed on 31 August 2017. I look forward to making announcements for successful grants at a later date.

This round, we received grant applications from sports clubs, schools, emergency services organisations and other community groups. The Queensland Government is proud to support dedicated community groups by ensuring they have the funds needed for projects that may have otherwise been out of reach.

Keep an eye on the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation Facebook and Twitter pages or the Department of Justice and Attorney-General website to find out when round 95 is open.

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week

Following on from this year’s successful Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW), I urge gambling providers to continue to promote responsible gambling and encourage gamblers to stay within their limits year-round. RGAW was held in Queensland from 24 to 30 July 2017 and this year’s theme was ‘Is your gambling getting out of hand? Think of your family’.  I would like to thank all of the clubs and staff who contributed to RGAW’s success.

This year’s RGAW tips included:
•              Gamble for the fun of it, not for the money
•              Set yourself a limit and don’t exceed it
•              Don’t chase your losses. Leave. Walk away
•              Gamble only what you can afford to lose, and
•              Stay in control of your gambling.

Most people gamble at some point or another and for the majority of people, gambling can be fun and entertaining. But for some, gambling can become a problem and have serious impacts on both the gambler and their family and friends. That’s why RGAW and the Responsible Service of Gambling (RSG) are so important.

The Queensland Responsible Gambling Code of Practice provides a whole-of-industry approach to the promotion and provision of responsible gambling practices.

Keep an eye out for the new Gambling Help Queensland website which will be launched soon and feature information on the signs of problem gambling, facts and myths, feature stories and an information section especially for industry.

Does your club need a RSA marshal?

Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) marshals are great assets to any licensee who manages a large number of patrons in their premises.

RSA marshals are RSA-certified staff members who support your staff, including your managers, bar staff, floor staff and crowd controllers, to ensure RSA compliance. They have a unique responsibility to monitor patron behaviour and intoxication levels inside your club, while allowing your bar staff to focus on customer service for your patrons. These marshals do not replace the responsibility on your bar staff to not supply alcohol to unduly intoxicated patrons, but assist in the identification of anyone who should not be supplied or who is consuming alcohol while unduly intoxicated.

To perform their role effectively, an RSA marshal should not be involved in serving alcohol, providing any gaming or wagering activities, checking identification or conducting security duties, including the physical removal of patrons or controlling access points.

For more information about RSA marshals, click here.