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ALLIANCE FOR GAMBLING REFORM
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE STAND FOR

Who we are

Established in 2015, the Alliance for Gambling Reform (The Alliance) is a registered tax deductible gift recipient (DGR) charity formed out of an urgent need to address the harmful and unfair impacts of gambling and its normalisation across Australia.

Aim

To provide national leadership promoting action to prevent and reduce the harm from gambling in Australia.

Vision

To enjoy a just, healthy, and prosperous Australia, where people can happily socialise together, and flourish without the harm created by gambling. By working together, we can achieve an Australia where there is no longer a need for our organisation.

Objectives

Our objectives are to:

Continue Victorian Advocacy on land based gambling reform in Victoria and extend nationally where possible.

 

Commitments by AGR to funding organisations, including Victorian Local Councils, are delivered and exceeded, providing significant impact in reducing gambling related harm in funded areas.

 

AGR poses policy solutions to the Victorian Government and participates in other significant jurisdictional reform mechanisms such as the Royal Commission into Crown and its regulatory bodies including the Office of Special Manager and VGCCC.

 

AGR’s policy and reform proposals are advanced and consolidated by establishing and building partnerships with other stakeholders and decision makers that can support our reform agenda (including extending leadership supporters of the Alliance).

 

AGR raises public awareness of gambling harm and highlights examples of success in Victoria to support the ongoing reform agenda.

 

The Victorian example of collaboration with local councils and other stakeholders is successfully harnessed to expand AGR’s work into other jurisdictions impacted by land-based gambling harm.

 

Provide National Leadership and coalition building in priority focus areas of land-based gambling, digital on-line gambling and sports betting advertising.

 

AGR has a recognised national role and brand in reducing gambling related harm which includes a public health approach to leadership in developing and sharing expertise on reforms in the area of land based and digital as well as sports betting advertising.

 

AGR plays a key education and public health advocacy role and aims to reduce stigma by communicating evidence-based information to the broader community on key issues in gambling related harm.

 

AGR has strategic partnerships and plays a key role in co-ordinating and engaging with politicians, policy makers, funders and stakeholders with an interest in all forms of gambling related harm and those with lived experience.

 

AGR builds informed policy and research capacity to ensure evidence based, well informed policy proposals and is participating in reviews and inquiries nationally.

 

AGR’s policy platform is ambitious and is underpinned by tangible, measurable objectives that demonstrate clear outcomes.

 

AGR has a large, diverse and nationally representative group of people with lived experience who provide their expertise to inform all of AGR’s positions and advocacy and provide public comment.

 

AGR has a group of high profile ‘ambassadors’ that champion gambling harm reduction and provide public support to the cause

 

Increasing organisational effectiveness and sustainability

AGR has a successful record of producing effective deliverables related to its key funding contracts. AGR has strengthened its organisational capacity in the areas of:

• Governance - governance model includes delineation of Board/CEO responsibilities, risk management and compliance • Staffing – a strong team in place with diversity of views, experience and skills and aligned with vision

• Capacity – AGRs funding base is increased and has diversified (core and project-based funding from various sources)

 

AGR’s fundraising strategy includes building strategic partnerships and sponsorships that will result in increased income while achieving strategic organisational goals, is transparent and aligned with the organisation’s values and ethical fundraising policy. AGR is actively exploring other ways to diversify income streams  

 

What the Alliance offers

A respected national voice on Gambling Harm Minimisation

 

The Alliance has a recognised national role in reducing gambling related harm. We use a public health approach to leadership in developing and sharing expertise on reforms in the area of land based and digital as well as sports gambling advertising.

 

Community education

 

The Alliance plays a key education and public health advocacy role and aims to reduce stigma by communicating evidence-based information to the broader community on key issues in relation to gambling related harm.

 

Policy and research

 

The Alliance builds informed policy and research capacity to ensure evidence based, well informed policy proposals and is participating in reviews and inquiries nationally. The Alliance’s policy platform is ambitious and is underpinned by tangible, measurable objectives that demonstrate clear outcomes. 

 

Strategic partnerships

 

The Alliance has strategic partnerships and plays a key role in coordinating and engaging with politicians, policy makers, funders and stakeholders with an interest in all forms of gambling related harm. 

 

A powerful network of supporters for gambling reform

 

The Alliance draws upon our large supporter base who are interested in reducing gambling related harm through policy and regulatory reform. Together, our calls for reform are stronger. By providing leadership, support and strategic analysis, we ensure our collective resources are deployed in the most effective ways.

Informed by lived experience expertise

We have a large, diverse and nationally representative group of people with lived experience who provide their expertise to inform all of The Alliance’s positions and advocacy and provide public comment.

Ambassadors

The Alliance is developing a group of high profile ‘ambassadors’ that champion gambling harm reduction and provide public support to the cause along with our Chief Advocate, Rev. Tim Costello 

Tailored assistance to improve actions that respond to gambling harm

Supporting  organisations can draw on The Alliance’s expertise to inform their work just as the Alliance benefits from the expertise of our supporters to assist with our work.

Real world change to reduce the impact of gambling related harm

The Alliance has influenced change including:

  • Divestment by major sports teams and brands from the gambling industry showcasing the steady erosion of the industry’s social licence. 

  • Legislative reform including casino regulation that includes measures to reduce harm. 

  • Leadership Councils producing ambitious Gambling Harm reduction policies. 

  • Increased participation by people with lived experience in major consultation processes such as Royal Commissions and inquiries, meetings with politicians and key decision makers and  informing the general public to strengthen outcomes.

  • Increased participation by community members in decisions that can reduce gambling harm such as licensing and permit processes for local venues and reducing the 90%+ approval rate that these applications used to receive.