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 Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines today announced the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation had awarded the Somali Australian Council of Victoria $17,500 to develop a program that will deliver eight community forums on gambling for the Somali Community.

The project will also train leaders within the West Heidelberg Somali community to support gambling prevention strategies in the area.

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.

Quote attributable to Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines

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

Quotes 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.”

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

Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott

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

“These projects will encourage people to talk openly about the challenges of gambling and get support at a grassroots level.”