The Andrews Labor Government is protecting Victoria’s culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities from gambling harm by funding new targeted prevention projects.

Member for Richmond Richard Wynne today announced the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation had awarded the Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association in Richmond $15,000 to develop a program that will raise awareness of the risks of gambling.

The project will involve 10-12 creative workshops in both English and Vietnamese leading to several theatre performances aimed at reducing the stigma associated with gambling harm and encouraging people to seek help.

The Foundation is providing 12 grants worth a total of $200,000 to Victoria’s CALD communities to raise awareness about the risks of gambling and encourage people to seek help.

Research shows that while CALD communities in developed countries like Australia tend to gamble less than the overall population, those who do gamble are more likely to experience harm.

CALD groups to benefit include newly arrived migrants, refugees and asylum seekers from Arabic, Middle Eastern and African nations, and more established communities from Greece, Serbia, Vietnam and Cambodia.

The Foundation will use insights from the funded projects to develop more tailored prevention programs for these communities.

The Labor Government has taken strong measures to reduce gambling harm, including capping pokies numbers across the state, limiting daily cash withdrawals in venues and restricting betting advertising in public spaces.

Quotes attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne

“This is a fantastic initiative that will go a long way towards preventing gambling harm within our Vietnamese community.”

“These projects will help work through some of the language and cultural barriers that stop people from getting the help they need.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz

“Those affected by gambling are often embarrassed and reluctant to seek help – that’s why we need to reach out.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott

“Victorians come from all over the world, so our messages about gambling need to target them.”