Dianne Ross conducts a responsible service of gambling certification course for David Ryan, Scott Jackson, Tiffanii Thomas, Dereck Ross and Hayley Davis.
Dianne Ross conducts a responsible service of gambling certification course for David Ryan, Scott Jackson, Tiffanii Thomas, Dereck Ross and Hayley Davis. Valerie Horton

New course for gambling employees

FIVE young people from the Wide Bay area were among the first in Queensland to receive training in line with new government regulations on gambling.

From yesterday, all people seeking employment involving any gambling-related duties in licensed venues will have to hold a certificate in responsible service of gambling.

Nu-Path Training company director Dianne Ross said responsible service of gambling courses could only be offered from yesterday, and her Hervey Bay company was among the first to offer it.

Ms Ross said anybody involved in gaming would need certification, including pub employees who worked with pokies, Keno and TAB facilities.

“It is now mandatory for them to have a certificate to take along to any employment with regards to gambling and it must be kept on file,” she said.

Ms Ross, who also runs a charity focused on raising awareness of problem gambling, said gambling was a huge problem in Australia which could affect not only individuals and their families, but whole communities if it went uncontrolled.

“There's a huge epidemic with regards to gambling around our nation,” she said.

“It's a very big ripple effect in the community if it's not controlled, so the place of control is licensed venues that have gaming machines.”

Hayley Davis, 18, said she was taking the course alongside the responsible service of alcohol because most venues would now require employees to have both certificates.

“I decided I'd get them both while I could,” she said.

“Most places prefer if you've got them both together, because if you don't have the RSG you can't serve in gaming areas.”

Those who already work in jobs with gaming duties will have until July next year to obtain the certificate, although if they look for a new job in gaming within that time they will have to take the course.



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