Help and support

Quick tips to reduce your risk of harm


Know the signs

  • Playing after the fun stops.
  • Spending less time with the people you care about.
  • Making excuses or hiding how much you play.
  • Chasing losses.
  • Having less money than you should.

Set limits

  • Set a limit on the time and money you are prepared to spend.
  • Leave ATM cards at home.
  • Take regular breaks-stepping away can clear you head.
  • Use a watch or set an alarm on your phone.

Plan ahead

  • Arrange time for other leisure activities.
  • Don’t forget your other hobbies.
  • Remember the things you used to do for fun.
  • Arrange for someone to pick you up.

Be self-aware

*Be honest with yourself and others about how much you gamble and why you gamble.

If you think it’s time to get some extra help–scroll down for more info.

Gambling harm matters - there's lots at stake

Are you playing down your losses?

If you gamble more than $40 a week or gamble more than once a week, you have a higher risk of gambling harm.

Gambling can also harm your:

How do pokies work?

Poker machines are an entertainment device designed to take in more money than they give out. They can cost up to $1200 an hour to play.

Features of poker machine games can make them exciting to play but they can also make it hard to:

  • get a good feel for the chances of winning
  • stop playing, by giving small irregular wins and free spins
  • monitor wins and losses, as the visual and sound effects can be similar for both
  • keep track of the amount of time or money spent.

Each spin is random, there is nothing you can do that will influence the outcome.

Courtesy of Gambling Help NSW

Are you gambling too much?

Complete a self-assessment

Myths and false beliefs

Sports betting more your style?

Risk factors for harmful betting

  • Peer pressure from friends and family.
  • Proliferation of sports betting promotion and advertising.
  • Live action odds.
  • Easy access to digital credit and free bets.
  • 24/7 access to live betting over the internet.
  • Complex terms and conditions.

What is gambling costing you?


Courtesy of Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Quick tips to reduce your risk of harm

  • Set a cash limit and stick to it.
  • Always read the terms and conditions before signing up.
  • If the fun has stopped-don’t chase your losses.
  • Choose a local licenced Australian bookmaker.
  • Turnoff smart phone notifications and prompts.

There are many ways to get help…

Gambling help online

Free, confidential, 24/7

SMS support

Access a free SMS motivational tool designed to give you tips and help you stay on track.

Chat counselling

Talking to someone directly about gambling harm can be a challenging exercise. Chat Counselling is a 24/7 online service providing a free, convenient and flexible way to seek professional assistance. It’s easy to sign up

1800 858 858

National Gambling Helpline


Time to take a break

Self-exclusion might help.

Through this simple process you can choose to exclude yourself from gambling at one or more ACT venues from six months up to three years.

You can do this:

  • at all ACT gambling venues
  • through the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission
  • through the ACT Gambling Support Service.
Find out more

At Odds

Local website providing ACT youth with an opportunity to hear and share their experience of gambling harm.

Find out more


Counselling services provide guidance and support to help get those experiencing gambling harm back on track.

Visiting a counsellor gives you the opportunity to talk to someone in confidence. Counsellors are qualified to help a person deal with a range of issues that may have resulted or contributed to gambling harm. Counsellors are also able to provide guidance and assistance with other emotional, financial, relationship and work issues.

Find out more