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 Keysborough Martin Pakula today announced the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation had awarded the Springvale Indo-Chinese Mutual Assistance Association Inc. $15,000 to develop a program that will provide an alternative recreational activity to gambling.

The Vietnamese Group in Action project will establish a new group of those at risk of gambling harm to learn photography and participate in monthly information sessions.

The Foundation is providing 12 grants worth a total of $200,000 to CALD communities across the state 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.

Quotes attributable to Member for Keysborough Martin Pakula

“This project is a great initiative that will help to prevent gambling harm and provide more support to our Vietnamese community.”

“We’re proud to be supporting this project because it provides people with alternatives to gambling and gives them opportunity to learn new skills.”

Quotes attributable to Springvale Indo-Chinese Mutual Assistance Association President Be Ha

“Gambling as we all know, like many addictions, does not discriminate nor is it selective. Regardless of race and religion, gambling reaches all communities.”

“We greatly appreciate the news about the $15,000 grant to SICMAA. Initiatives like photography to prevent gambling is inspiring and is in-line with our strong belief and value in the family unit and family members.”

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