Are the Odds Ever In Your Favour - Teens targeted for gambling awareness

26 May 2015

The impact of gambling advertising and promotion on young people is being tackled with new programs and resources launched during Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (May 25 to 31) in NSW.

Parents are becoming increasingly concerned about the flood of gambling promotion that young people are exposed to, whether through prime time television, the online environment or prominent sponsorships. Recent studies* show that the largest six sports betting agencies spend up to $40 million each per year on promotion and a great deal of that is visible to young people.

This year Responsible Gambling Awareness Week aims to educate young people so that they can view gambling and its promotion in an informed and thoughtful way. We’ll also be reaching out to help young people who may already be running into trouble with gambling and their families to assist in recognizing gambling problems in their young family members.

The week’s activities will include:
  • The publication of a new booklet, Talking to Teens about Gambling, which will be made available free to parents and carers in NSW.
  • The delivery of interactive awareness sessions with organisations including TAFE Colleges and Universities.

The Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing’s Gambling and Young People Strategy will continue to roll out in 2015 after Responsible Gambling Awareness Week and include the release of new lesson plans for the Year 11 and 12 Crossroads program that have been developed in consultation with the NSW Department of Education.

The gambling environment has changed completely in the past decade and now anyone who has a smart phone has a means to gamble anywhere and anytime, with very few checks and balances. We focus strongly on encouraging young people to know the realities about gambling - including the odds of winning and the costs of losing - so we can prevent problems before they start.

The Multicultural Problem Gambling Service for NSW and the Multicultural Problem Gambling Program for Chinese Communities, hosted by the Western Sydney Local Health District assist problem gamblers and their families from culturally and linguistically diverse background in English or their first language, free of charge and with complete confidentiality.

For more information or to make an appointment call toll free:

Business hours:1800 856 800 or

24hrs/7days: 1800 858 858.