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Understanding COVID-19 effects on the gambling environment

Understanding COVID-19 effects on the gambling environment


The COVID-19 lockdowns in Victoria were long and strict and had a significant effect on the community. Locally, pokies venues and wagering outlets were shut for months, while elite sport was postponed globally, changing the way people gamble.

This event will explore:

  • gambling data trends during COVID-19 lockdowns in Victoria during 2020

  • Victorian trends in comparison to other Australian jurisdictions, and overseas

  • stories of how people experiencing gambling harm coped with the lockdowns

  • key research/evaluations

  • how professionals working in gambling support, harm prevention and treatment services can use these findings to make a difference.

Dates and times

Date: 25 March 2021  

Time: 10am – 11.30am  

Location: This will be hosted over Zoom. Link will be provided upon registration. 


  • Dr Rebecca Jenkinson, Senior Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) and Manager, Australian Gambling Research Centre 

  • Tony Phillips, Strategic Advisor, Knowledge and Policy, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation 

  • Lindsay Shaw, Senior Policy and Knowledge Officer, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation 

  • Linda Hayes, Senior Research Officer, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation 


Dr Rebecca Jenkinson is also an Honorary Burnet Institute Fellow and an Adjunct Lecturer at Monash University. Her current work aims to improve understanding of gambling participation and its related harms, and the intersections with alcohol and other drug use, via a mix of quantitative and qualitative research methods.  

Tony Phillips leads the Foundation’s intelligence gathering, analysis and policy advice function. Tony was previously the research manager at Victoria’s Responsible Gambling Advocacy Centre in 2010. He previously taught public policy, political economy, and modern history, and has also worked in broadcasting, journalism and in parliamentary committees.  

Lindsay Shaw undertakes the Foundation’s intelligence gathering, analysis and policy advice function. He has previously held roles at the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation covering operational policies and performance.  

Linda Hayes joined the Foundation’s Research & Evaluation Branch last year. Linda was formerly employed by Cancer Council Victoria as the Research and Evaluation manager for Quit. Previously she worked in research roles relating to child health and wellbeing within the Victorian health and education departments. 

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