Self-exclusion is an evidence informed harm minimisation practice. Self-exclusion allows individuals to be prevented from participation in specific gambling products, services or areas of gambling. Provision of self-exclusion is a requirement of the Northern Territory Responsible Gambling Codes of Practice.
Currently, the onus is on an individual to initiate a paper-based self-exclusion process to each and every gambling venue they decide to self-exclude from. This single-venue paper-based system is open to issues regarding privacy and practicalities. People tell us they feel the process is confusing, cumbersome and presents a range of challenges especially for people who are working to manage triggers and temptations to not gamble. Evidence on self-exclusion national and internationally supports what Amity’s client feedback has shown, that single venue self-exclusion and lack of information about the process for both the individual and staff are barriers to uptake and referrals.
The Multi-venue Self-exclusion (MVSE) project aims to strengthen self-exclusion across the Territory. To align with best practice models of self-exclusion in creating a system that is quick, simple and multi-venue, widely promoted and easy to use for staff and people choosing this harm minimisation strategy.
People who experience harms from their gambling self-report being able to exclude themselves from venues had significant benefits that included less gambling, increased feelings of self-control and increased psychological wellbeing and overall functioning (Gainsbury, 2014).
A component of this project is to develop a public health campaign, throughout venues, promoting self-exclusion as an option for people. Increasing awareness around self-exclusion as a strategy to ‘take a break’ that is readily available and easily accessible.
Some of the outcomes of the project to date have included knowledge from experts in research around Australia and NZ on multi-venue self-exclusion, consultation with government, collaborations and discussions with venue managers, drafting and design of health promotion around self-exclusion.
Two trials have been completed in Katherine and the full pilot will soon to be rolled out to other parts of the Territory.
For more information about Amity’s MVSE project please contact email@example.com
The current NT Self-exclusion process can be found here: