We recognise that gambling is a lawful activity that can provide entertainment, recreation and social opportunities. While most people who gamble do so without experiencing adverse effects, some people gamble excessively and experience a variety of personal, family and financial problems.

Our Responsible Gambling Policy 2013-18 aims to help reduce the negative impacts of gambling, in particular electronic gaming machines (EGM or pokies) gambling.

The policy is based on a review of the previous policy, regulatory changes, the policy environment and context, and consultation and research to identify goals, objectives and strategies.

We have six roles in relation to the policy, including land owner, regulator or planner, advocate, partner, community educator and researcher.

We refer to this policy when:

  • overseeing the implementation of relevant strategies
  • assessing the social and economic impacts of EGM gaming licence applications to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation in the municipality and neighbouring municipalities
  • overseeing the Electronic Gaming Machine Policy (clause 22.14) in the Boroondara Planning Scheme
  • assessing planning permit applications to install and use an EGM in the municipality and neighbouring municipalities
  • promoting, encouraging and supporting the local community to live a balanced lifestyle by participating in social, cultural and recreational opportunities through relevant policies.

For more information on our gambling policy, contact our Social Planning Officer on 9278 4693.

If you or someone you care about are experiencing problems with gambling, you can call 1800 858 858 or visit Gambler's Help.