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Football Australia Extends and Expands Agreement with Stats Perform

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Stats Perform has announced a new three-year agreement with Football Australia, which will see the company continue to support Football Australia’s national men’s, women’s and youth teams through the supply of detailed performance data and analysis software.

Stats Perform has provided pro services to Football Australia for the past eight years and this new agreement will see Opta data collected for matches involving all the federations men’s and women’s national teams down to under 17 level. This will enable Football Australia’s technical staff to build a single, consistent database of event data for monitoring Australian players and to support their long-term international pathway management.

Football Australia will also have access to Stats Perform’s ProVision tool to monitor the weekly performance of all Australian players for their domestic clubs, as well as support their detailed analysis of each international team’s upcoming opposition.

After extending their service agreement with Stats Perform through to the summer of 2024, Doug Kors, Football Australia’s Head of Performance Analysis, said: “We are very pleased to be continuing our long-standing relationship with Stats Perform. The database of Opta data, collected across all of our matches, is integral to the ongoing analysis of each of our international age groups, as we prepare for qualification campaigns and major competitions involving our men’s and women’s senior and youth teams.”

In addition to Opta data, the agreement will also see Stats Perform collect optical tracking data, on request, from international matches featuring any Australian team, using the SportVU system. The collection of tracking data will enable Football Australia to consume SportVU’s most advanced optical files and link them directly to their own tracking KPIs and video, enabling the coaching staff to work on various tactical scenarios and player decision-making on the training field, working off the positional data captured.

Steven Cliffe, Stats Perform Senior Vice President of Sales, APAC added: “We very happy to have expanded our existing agreement to provide the coaches working with the Socceroos, Matildas and all the Australian youth teams with additional tracking data from matches, to further enhance their post-match analysis processes. This commitment further reinforces Stats Perform’s position as the leading provider of team performance services to national federations in the APAC region, and we are looking forward to supporting Football Australia as they manage their player pathways and prepare for international fixtures.”

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MULTICULTURAL SERVICE SPEAKS GAMBLING HARMS

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A new service provider has been appointed to support the provision of multicultural services for the Office of Responsible Gambling’s flagship GambleAware program.

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) is now working with GambleAware Providers to deliver culturally appropriate counselling and support services for people experiencing gambling harm across NSW’s diverse communities.

WSLHD have more than 20 years’ experience delivering multicultural services through the Transcultural Mental Health Centre and previously operated the state-wide Multicultural Problem Gambling Service.

WSLHD Chief Executive Graeme Loy said: “We’re looking forward to working with all GambleAware Providers across NSW to build capacity to support multicultural communities and deliver culturally appropriate services.

“Our goal is to ensure that anyone who needs help can speak to someone in the language they are most comfortable with, and who understands both their culture and community.”

The GambleAware multicultural service complements the NSW Government’s broader GambleAware program, which provides free and confidential counselling to anyone in NSW experiencing gambling harm.

Office of Responsible Gambling Director, Natalie Wright, said that gambling issues affect all communities in NSW, particularly those from culturally diverse backgrounds, and everyone should be supported when facing gambling harm.

“It’s important that our services can reach everyone who needs them,” said Ms Wright.

“No matter your background, you are able to access appropriate support in the language and setting that best suits you.”

Research funded by the Office of Responsible Gambling found culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities are vulnerable to increased risks of gambling related harm. Individuals from these communities tend to participate in gambling less than the overall population but, when they do, are more likely to experience problems.

Intersecting factors can also combine to generate higher incidence of gambling harms in CALD communities. For example: different beliefs about luck and chance; migration stressors; issues around stigma and shame; and lower rates of people seeking treatment.

WSLHD Chief Executive Graeme Loy said: “Given these vulnerabilities, this partnership is a great opportunity to connect multicultural communities across NSW with vital support services.”

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Australia Regulator Expands Money Laundering Probe at Casino Firm Star

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Australia’s financial crime regulator said on Friday it had broadened its ongoing investigation of the country’s second-biggest casino operator Star Entertainment Group over possible breaches of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism laws at its casinos.

The sector has been plagued by a slew of regulatory inquiries in Australia and the development highlights casino firms’ shortcomings in managing strict oversight of alleged money laundering at their gambling hotspots.

The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) launched a probe in June into Star’s casino in Sydney amid concerns over ongoing customer due diligence and compliance with laws.

Local media later reported on a confidential review that accused Star of failure to curb fraud and money laundering at its two resorts.

The investigation into Star will now include multiple entities under the company, AUSTRAC said on Friday, declining to comment further as the probe was ongoing.

The company said earlier in the day that it would fully co-operate with AUSTRAC’s investigation.

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SETTING LIMITS MAKES A DIFFERENCE, BUT GAMBLERS NEED MORE PROMPTS TO OPT-IN

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CQUniversity researchers have found bet limits can help keep Australia’s online gamblers out of hot water, but the majority of consumers aren’t using the money-saving mechanism. 

In a new study funded by Gambling Research Australia (GRA), experts at CQUniversity’s Experimental Gambling Research Laboratory (EGRL) found consumers are not always prompted to use the betting limit option. The new research further suggests making the scheme mandatory and capping maximum limits would strengthen harm prevention. 

Researchers surveyed more than 3,000 regular race and sports bettors and found 41 per cent had set a deposit limit, but more than half considered themselves ‘unlikely’ to set one. Those participants who set limits found them very useful, with a quarter finding the intervention prevented overspending at least once a week.

Since mid-2019, Australian online betting agencies have been required to let consumers set deposit limits for their online gambling, and to regularly prompt users about setting up or reviewing their limits. 

Lead author and CQUniversity Research Professor Nerilee Hing, said consumers had a choice of limits with some operators. Research found deposit restrictions were the most popular, followed by an overall spend limit, a single bet amount limit, and a loss limit. A limit on the time spent gambling was the least popular among participants, with just 22 per cent switching on the clock. 

“We also looked at what type of person was more likely to set limits. Of those with more serious gambling problems, 45.6 per cent were setting at least one limit,” Professor Hing said. 

“This is encouraging, however as this group benefits the most from opt-in limits, the fact that more than half aren’t taking that option suggests there’s still a need to address why people are unwilling to limit their betting.”  

Professor Hing and her team then presented participants with a series of tailored messages about bet limits and tested these in a randomised trial with more than 1,200 regular consumers. 

Across the four-week trial, limit setting increased among participants, with 32 per cent adopting at least one type of limit. Those with a severe gambling problem were significantly more likely to set a limit. 

“The study showed that prompt messages need to be consistent to allow gamblers to self-reflect. Then we see better uptake of limits,” Professor Hing said.

This research supports evaluation of the voluntary opt-out pre-commitment measure and refinements to strengthen the National Framework. A joint Commonwealth, state and territory government endeavour, the National Framework provides protections for consumers of interactive wagering services licensed in Australia, in line with international best practice. 

Gambling Research Australia (GRA) is a joint Commonwealth, state and territory program, established to develop an effective evidence base to support gambling policy and regulatory decisions. The Commonwealth has contributed half the annual funding of the GRA program. The combined funding contribution from states and territories has matched the annual funding from the Commonwealth, based on the proportion of national gambling expenditure.

Study co-authors were CQUniversity researchers Prof Matthew Browne, Dr Alex M T Russell, ProfMatthew Rockloff and Catherine Tulloch.

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