Provides strategic policy advice and support to the Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation and the Secretary of the Department of Justice
The department and its associated agencies advise on gambling policy and regulate gambling licensing. Agencies commission research and provide education about gambling in Victoria, and offer support for problem gambling.
Legislation and regulation
The gambling policy unit in the department's Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing is the primary government point of reference for industry, community and government on gambling matters. The unit is responsible for the provision of strategic policy advice and support to the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation.
The department is currently conducting a review of licensing arrangements for bookmakers in Victoria to determine what improvements can be made to the current bookmaker licensing system.
Licensing and compliance
The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) (External link) – an independent statutory authority – is responsible for regulating all forms of legalised gambling in Victoria. The commission’s functions include informing and educating industry and the public about regulatory practices and requirements.
Education, research and responsible gambling
The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (VRGF) (External link) is an independent statutory authority that works to foster responsible gambling and reduce the incidence and impact of problem gambling on the Victorian community. The foundation funds services for people affected by problem gambling, community education to foster responsible gambling and research to ensure services and education are based on the best information available.
Independent statutory authority that administers Victoria's gambling and liquor laws
Funds and manages problem-gambling counselling services, runs community education activities, and campaigns and commissions research
Offers online counselling, information and support – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – funded by state and federal governments
Partnership between the Commonwealth, state and territory governments to initiate and manage a national gambling research program
- Get help for problem gambling (External link)
- About problem gambling (External link)
- Resources for professionals working with problem gamblers (External link)
- About YourPlay, Victoria's pre-commitment scheme
- Gambling rules and regulations (External link)
- About gambling responsibly (External link)
- Responsible Service of Gaming training
- Liquor, gaming and racing policy
- Learn about gaming machine entitlements
Looking for information about gambling licensing? Find it in our business licensing section
Oversees the delivery of gambling licensing throughout Victoria
Spending time with your community and family is better than spending your money on gambling. Find out more about Mob Day
New problem gambling campaign that features real people with real gambling problems and aims to reach and help problem gamblers
Venue operators can find out more about how to request a variation to their payment terms for gaming machine entitlements
On 1 January 2017, a new model for Responsible Service of Gaming training for Victorian gaming venue staff commenced.