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Three rules to help you set your limits

The first step to lower your risk of gambling harm is to put safeguards around how much you spend, how often you gamble and how many products you gamble on. 

So… how much can you spend on gambling each week?

Weekly take home pay                         Maximum weekly amount for gambling
$500 $10
$750 $15
$1,000 $20
$1,500 $30
$2,000 $40
$2,500 $50

If you gamble regularly, try to limit your gambling to once a week.
The number of products you gamble on makes a difference. It is easier to lose control if you regularly gamble on more than two products.

Deciding what’s right for you

Following these three rules is a great start. But remember to follow all three at the same time and not be selective.

For some people, these three rules may not be enough. 

You should consider setting stricter rules around gambling or not gambling at all if you:

  • have issues with alcohol or other drugs

  • have mental health issues such as anxiety and depression

  • have a personal or family history of experiencing gambling harm.

Sticking to your limits

Once you’ve set your limits, there steps can help you stick to them.

If you’re going to gamble in a casino, club or pub, leave your bank and credit cards at home and only take cash you are happy to spend – and can afford to lose.

If you gamble online, you can set limits on how much you can deposit into your account, the minimum time between deposits and how much you can bet. Explore the range of protection tools available on all licenced betting apps.

You can also get support from your bank. Your bank can help control what you spend on gambling through blocks and limits on gambling transactions from your account, spending trackers on banking apps and activity statements, and by setting general transaction limits.

Other tips for safer gambling

Everyone is different. Some people place a bet on the Melbourne Cup once a year. Others bet a few times a week. For some people, gambling is a bit of fun. For others, it can cause serious problems.

Be honest with yourself about your reasons for gambling. If you’re gambling to escape problems, you’re more likely to experience harm.

Do your research. You might be surprised to learn the real chances of winning for different types of gambling and what you stand to lose.

You should always learn about the products you gamble on, so you can make informed choices.

Use the three rules above to set your limits before you start. Walk away once you reach your limits - don’t chase your losses. 

Drinking or taking drugs affects your decision-making. You’ll have a harder time sticking to your limits if you’re under the influence.

Gambling with other people can affect the way you gamble. It can be hard to stop when your friends are betting big and egging you on. Be aware of peer pressure and stand your ground.

If you have friendships centred around gambling, it is especially important to set limits and boundaries before spending time with your friends.

If you tell your friends what your limits are, you’ll be more likely to stick to them. Having a support network can help if gambling is becoming a problem for you.

Balance is important in all aspects of life, so make sure gambling isn't your only interest.

Having other hobbies and pastimes is not only fulfilling but will reduce the amount of time and money you spend gambling.

If you’re worried about how gambling is affecting you, there’s no shame in reaching out. GambleAware is here for you with free, confidential support 24/7, and it could change your life. You can talk to someone over the phone, online or face to face.

Practical financial support and information about legal issues is also available. You can also connect with others who’ve been through similar experiences.

The three rules are adapted from the Lower-risk gambling guidelines originally developed by Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction in 2021. The guidelines aim to help people make more informed choices about their gambling.

For free, confidential advice and support, call GambleAware on 1800 858 858 and arrange to talk to a counsellor near you.

GambleAware acknowledges Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of the land and we pay respects to Elders past, present and emerging. GambleAware is an inclusive support service.
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