Australasian Gambling Advisory Group Formed

The panel to consist of 22 experts

The Australian Government appointed twenty-two specialists who will form a new expert panel whose role is to provide advice on the government’s gambling reforms. The panel, officially called The Ministerial Expert Advisory Group on Gambling, will be chaired by Professor Peter Shergold AC, and it will strive to assist the Government to pass and apply new gambling reforms, as well as offer expert and technical application advice.

Those 22 specialists, who now make up this expert panel team, come from different areas, such as:

• gambling problem counseling and support services;

• hotels, casinos, gaming machine manufacturers and clubs;

• the Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union; as well as

• various institutions that conduct research about gambling problem behaviour and harm minimisation measures.

Here are some of the crucial issues that this group, which is due to have its first meeting in early November, will engage in: the application of the best practice, full pre-commitment scheme on poker machines, the roll out of poker machine dynamic warning and cost of play displays and establishing ATM withdrawal limits in venues with poker machines (excluding casinos). They will use the most recent gambling evidence as a guidance, and in some cases receive advice from other stakeholders.

The Ministerial Expert Advisory Group consists of:

Chair: Professor Peter Shergold AC, Macquarie Group Foundation Professor, Centre for Social Impact, University of NSW.

And the following people who were appointed by the Government:

• Ms Cheryl Vardon, Australasian Gaming Council

• Mr Anthony Ball, Clubs Australia

• Mr John Whelan, Australian Hotels Association

• Mr Chris Downy, Australasian Casino Association

• Mr Ross Ferrar, Gaming Technologies Association

• Mr Rohan Martin, ATM Industry Reference Group

• Mr John Duffy, International Gaming Technology

• Mr John Bresnan, Crown Limited

• Mr David Curry, Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group

• Mr Simon Schrapel, ACOSS and UnitingCare Wesley, Adelaide

• Dr Mark Zirnsak, Victorian InterChurch Gambling Taskforce

• Major Brad Halse, Salvation Army Southern Territory

• Ms Rosemary Hambledon, Relationships Australia South Australia

• Mr Barry Sheehan, Centacare Toowoomba

• Ms Kate Roberts, Gambling Impact Society

• Ms Louise Tarrant, Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union

• Dr Paul Delfabbro, Associate Professor in Psychology, University of Adelaide

• Professor Nerilee Hing, Director, Centre for Gambling Education and Research, Southern Cross University

• Professor Alex Blaszczynski, Chair in Psychology, University of Sydney

• Mr Ashley Gordon, Centre for Gambling Education and Research, Southern Cross University

• Dr Charles Livingstone, Deputy Head, Department of Health Social Science, Monash University

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