Responsible Gambling Fund

The Responsible Gambling Fund (RGF) plays a key role in advising the NSW Government on the allocation of funds for initiatives and programs that support responsible gambling and help reduce gambling-related harms.  The work of the RGF aims to promote harm minimisation through a range of different practices.

The RGF is established under the Casino Control Act 1992. The Act requires each casino licence in NSW to make contributions to the Fund, with contributions currently set at two percent of gaming revenue.  Money may also be paid into the Fund as a community benefit payment or gaming machine lease levy under the Gaming Machines Act. The Betting Tax Act also allows for the Treasurer to pay certain amounts to the Fund.

From time to time the RGF also offers funding for proposals through an open grants program for one-off projects that support innovation in the area of harm minimisation, intervention and responsible gambling. To register interest in the RGF grants please see funding opportunities. This list is of past funding recipients.

The RGF is administered by Trustees who make recommendations to the Minister on the appropriate allocation of money for responsible gambling purposes, the current chair is John Dalzell. The Trustees also perform an expert advisory role to assist the Minister to make decisions on the funds as well as other gambling policy matters where an arm’s length and expert view is necessary. Trustees are supported by the Office of Responsible Gambling.

The Fund is governed by a Trust Deed and Policy Guidelines issued by the Minister for Racing, consistent with section 115 of the Casino Control Act 1992.

In 2018/19 $30 million has been committed from the Fund to support responsible gambling in NSW. See the Annual reports page for more information of the past work of the RGF.