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.
The current NT Self-exclusion process can be found here: