Mandatory electronic gaming pre-commitment welcomed

TasCOSS congratulates the Tasmanian Government on its announcement to introduce mandatory pre-commitment for all electronic gaming machine (pokies) users in Tasmania.
TasCOSS CEO Ms Adrienne Picone said it was a sign that the Tasmanian Government has listened to the concerns of Tasmanians about the amount of money lost on pokies, as well as the experts when it comes to reducing gambling harm.
“This is a strong example of public policy that is responsive to community voices and is grounded in evidence,” Ms Picone said.

“And it’s an important first step in establishing a robust public health approach to reducing gambling harm.

“Other evidence-based measures that would reduce harm include slower spin speeds, smaller jackpots and reduced opening hours for pokies venues.”
Ms Picone said she welcomed the funding for education and training of venue staff.

“We encourage the Tasmanian Hospitality Association to work with people with lived experience of gambling harm as it rolls out its industry support and training to ensure staff are best equipped to follow responsive service of gambling requirements,” she said.
“Once again we congratulate the Government on this strong decision.”