Office of Responsible Gambling

Conversation starters

We have developed a series of tools which will help you to check in on yours, a friend's, a loved ones' or a colleague's gambling.

If you want to know more about gambling:

If you want to start a conversation about gambling:

If you’re unable to download the PDF versions, the information is summarised below.

Key facts about gambling in NSW

  • 3.4 million people have gambled in the last 12 months.
  • For most people, gambling is a source of entertainment and enjoyment
  • For a small segment of the population gambling can present real individual and social challenges.
  • 12% of adults are at risk of experiencing problems caused by gambling, and 0.8% are problem gamblers.

Responsible Gambling - Tips and Tricks

  • Gambling is meant to be a bit of fun. If you’re not enjoying it, it might be time to stop.
  • Know the rules. Understand how the game works and read the terms and conditions.
  • Set a limit on your funds. Decide how much you’re going to spend and leave your bank cards at home.
  • Have a game plan. Decide how long you’re going to gamble for and plan what to do when you reach your limit.

How to check in on your gambling

  • Use the online tool to check in on your gambling.
  • Talk to others about gambling if you think there is a problem.
  • If gambling is causing you problems contact Gambling Help NSW on 1800 858 858.

How to start a conversation with a loved one about gambling

If you’re worried about someone you love, talking about it can be difficult. These tips can help you start the conversation.

  • Be patient, it can take a long time. Situations cannot be resolved easily in one conversation.
  • Let your loved one know that you’re willing to talk to them about their gambling.
  • Ask open questions and try to be understanding.
  • Encouraging your loved one to openly discuss their gambling can be an important part of their journey to recovery

How to start a conversation about responsible gambling at work

Having a conversation with a colleague or an employee about responsible gambling can be tough, especially if you suspect they may have a gambling problem.

  • Have a conversation if you notice changes in productivity, increased absenteeism or unexplained disappearances. Gambling on work time, borrowing/stealing money from colleagues and requests for salary advances are also warning signs.
  • Plan your conversation in advance.
  • Avoid placing blame, be understanding and empathetic and establish the severity of the problem.
  • Encourage the employee to ‘check in’ and seek help.

How to have a conversation with a mate

Sometimes, gambling problems are most evident in the moment. You can use the following talking points to discuss gambling during a night out.

  • Have you set a limit tonight?
  • The odds of winning don’t seem great
  • We’ve been here for a long time, should we head off now?
  • Do you keep track of how much you win and lose?
  • Have you checked in on your gambling?