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Gambling education  

Responsible Gambling Education: A Guide to Australian Resources for Teachers and Parents (
Presented by the Australasian Gaming Council, this online publication outlines various gambling education, financial literacy and cyber safety websites provided by the various states and the federal government.
See also the Australian Gaming Council's Gambling Education page which has links to Australian and international resources.

Know Your Odds: For Schools (
Gambling information and resources for teachers and school staff.

KidBet Teaching Resources (
Advice for teachers and fact sheets on gambling and young peple

Problem Gambling [pdf] (Lifeline)
Lifeline Canberra GamblingCare Fact Sheet. This pdf file was previously available at

Gambling education material in Australian schools
The out-of-date web page with this title is no longer available (apart from an archived version). However, the useful roundup of resources it contained, and more, is contained in the document Responsible Gambling Education, listed above.


Gambling education and activities

important note
for teachers

  Responsible Gambling [pdf] (
Curriculum support material, including activities, for NSW teachers deliverring the Stage 6 Crossroads course.

Responsible gambling [pdf] (Consumer Affairs Victoria)
A collection of suggested activities for students on responsible gambling. In particular, see pages 66-67 for aims and resources. This document consists of the Responsible Gambling section (pages 66-81) of the full document, Consumer Stuff! A resource for the teaching and learning of English.

Responsible gambling: Building resilience for young learners [pdf] (Consumer Affairs Victoria)
A gambling education teaching and learning resource. This 152-page document contains a very large number of worksheets for students. Some of the worksheets require reference to a DVD associated with the document.

What's the Real Deal? (
Teaching kit for Years 7-8 in Tasmania. Includes units and worksheets.

See also our Activities page, especially Gambling activities with a Melbourne Cup focus




Melbourne Cup a winner for national economy (
30 Oct 2014
What are the economic benefits of Australia's biggest horseracing event?

Maths and English program may prevent teens from developing gambling problem ( 13 Oct 2014
Included in the story is information from the Responsible Gambling Foundation that "about 3-4 per cent of teenagers could already be classified as 'problem gamblers'."

Spoof KidBet ad mocks sports betting advertising ( 9 Oct 2013
A mock betting advertisement features in a new campaign drawing attention to the increased exposure of teenagers and other young people to gambling advertisements on television.

Should kids bet on the Cup? (
Is the Melbourne Cup a source of excitement for children or is it an obstacle for parents who wish to ensure their children do not grow up to become gambling addicts?

Cup sweeps a gambling risk for young: welfare group (ABC News)
An ABC news report which states that (at least one state's) Education Department guidelines require parental permission before children can become involved in Melbourne Cup sweeps.

Melbourne Cup: Should you really be celebrating? (
From the perspective of employers, it needs to be remembered that Melbourne Cup workplace activities have the potential to lower productivity and to be offensive to some employees. For example, employees can be opposed to the Cup on the basis of:
- family and religious values
- animal rights considerations, and
- the general association with gambling and alcohol.

The dark side of the Melbourne Cup (
In this speech presented in the NSW Legislative Council, Greens politician John Kaye argues that the Melbourne Cup perpetuates:
- the social harms caused by gambling, and
- the exploitation of horses, with "appalling animal welfare outcomes".

The ugly side of the Melbourne Cup (
Many race horses suffer injuries and many are not euthanased at the earliest opportunity when they should be. And what happens to the horses when they are retired from racing? Animal rights activists and Racing Victoria give their views.

    See also our Activities page, especially Gambling activities with a Melbourne Cup focus

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