Protecting Your Family
There are ways you can protect yourself and your family. We have provided tips and information on the Problem Gambling Family Protection Order but if you feel you are in danger or at risk of harm then please dial emergency on 000 for immediate help.
Tips on how to protect yourself and your family
- Take control of your finances and work out a budget for the household
- Don't pay the person's gambling or other debts
- Avoid joint financial commitments with the person, such as consolidation loans
- Try and limit the person's access to cash so that they have less opportunity to gamble
- See a free and confidential financial counsellor for help with managing debts and credit issues. Call the Gambling Helpline 1800 858 858 for a referral to a financial counsellor in one of the Gambling Help Services. Find out what a financial counsellor can do for you.
- Don't tolerate any abusive behaviour
- Have an escape plan if you are at risk of harm. For more help contact the Domestic Violence Crisis Service on 1300 782 200 or Crisis Care on 131 611
- Get professional help. Call the Gambling Helpline 1800 858 858 for a referral to a Gambling Help Service in your local area. Gambling Help Services provide free, confidential and non-judgemental help and support to friends and family of gamblers, either individually or as a couple. Find a Gambling Help Service in your local area here.
Protect your Family with the Problem Gambling Family Protection Order
The Problem Gambling Family Protection Order can protect you from the harmful gambling of another family member. Family members can apply to the Independent Gambling Authority (IGA) for an order to be made to protect themselves. You would meet with the IGA then if the IGA agrees to make an 'order' they can impose a wide range of restrictions on the person with the gambling problem which can include: a direction to receive counselling, barring a person from particular venues or the payment of wages into particular accounts. You can bring a friend or counsellor along to the IGA appointment for support.
A complaint may also be made on behalf of a child by a parent or guardian, or a person with whom the child normally lives.
For more information about Problem Gambling Family Protection Orders call the IGA on +61 8 8226 7233 or visit their website.