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Responsible Gambling Program For Clubs

International Responsible Gambling Program For Clubs

Media Release From New Zealand Chartered Clubs (Incoroporated)

Uniform, international responsible gambling measures have moved a step closer, following the adoption of ClubSafe by Clubs Australia & New Zealand.

ClubSafe is the comprehensive harm minimisation program developed over a number of years by ClubsNSW in co-operation with the Australian Institute of Gambling Research, and now in operation in over 400 NSW clubs.

The President of CANZ, Mr Steve Ploubidis, described the move as a “major advance for the provision of responsible gaming by the Club Movement.”

“CANZ looked closely at the policies developed for ClubSafe, and decided they were entirely appropriate as a standard for all our member clubs both here in Australia,and New Zealand.”

Mr Ploubidis said the Club Movement was essentially community based and operated with the best interests of its members and guests at heart.

“It has become increasingly clear that the community and governments are looking to the industry to show a leadership role in minimising the harm gaming causes to a small minority of patrons. Accordingly, we at CANZ see the adoption of ClubSafe as a positive sign for the community that we are willing and able to respond.”

ClubSafe is a world’s best practice program offering clubs a comprehensive range of measures designed to create and maintain a safe gaming environment for patrons.

Venues adopting ClubSafe adhere to a strict code of practice covering issues such as gambling promotion and advertising, patron referral, financial transactions and signage.

Mr Ploubidis said that perhaps the most valuable element of ClubSafe for member clubs is the comprehensive trainiong component for management and staff of registered clubs.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for a coordinated national approach to the issue of problem gambling, in line with the expectations of the industry, the community and governments,” Mr Ploubidis said.

The President of New Zealand Chartered Clubs, Mr Tom Fisher said that as a member of CANZ, the Association recognised need for chartered clubs to be involved in the programme based on their concern for and involvement in their communities.

“While the vast majority of gaming machines are in hotels, 20% are in chartered clubs and we accept that we have a role to play in ensuring that the clubs provide a safe and responsible gaming venue for their members, guests and visitors,” said Mr Fisher.

“The programme will be customised to meet local conditions and we plan to have it in place in the near future. In the meantime, chartered clubs will be doing all they can to ensure that gaming machines in clubs are operated in a responsible manner,” he said.

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