Two new Responsible Gambling Fund appointees

Two new appointees with expertise in public health, government and the gambling industry will join the Responsible Gambling Fund (RGF) Trust to advise the NSW Government on responsible gambling.

Two existing Trustees, current RGF Chair John Dalzell and Trustee Dr Joel Negin have also been reappointed for second terms.

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the RGF Trust helps the Government develop evidence-based and innovative approaches to prevent and reduce gambling harm.

“The Responsible Gambling Fund exists to support responsible gambling and minimise the risk of gambling-related harm in the community,” Mr Dominello said.

“We’re fortunate to have another two high-calibre people to advise on issues including research, community education, policy and intervention programs such as support and counselling services.”

The RGF has progressed a broad range of priorities in the past three years, including publishing research to understand the risks posed by loot boxes (video-based virtual games of chance that offer players a randomised reward) to young people, the 2019 NSW Gambling Study and research into responsible conduct of gambling practices and training in NSW venues.

It has also provided support and treatment services to the NSW community and launched Reclaim the Game, a sporting partnership program to address the normalisation of sports betting and raise the awareness of the risks associated with gambling.

The two new appointees to the RGF Trust are:

  • Anne Fitzgerald, who is an experienced former executive in the clubs sector. Ms Fitzgerald has a strong understanding of contemporary issues facing the gambling industry and the challenges in responsible gambling. She has extensive experience on numerous boards in hospitality, arts and community sectors.
  • Robert Lagaida has had a 30-year long career in the NSW public health sector including senior executive roles. Mr Lagaida has experience on a range of boards including the government, health and community sectors and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Graduate Diploma in Information Services and a Master of Commerce.

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