By Andrew Starke

More than 1300 people have completed responsible gambling training just two months after the government made the approved course compulsory, according to the Queensland minister responsible for gaming Peter Lawlor.

Responsible Service of Gaming training was mandated for most gaming staff in Queensland from October 1, 2010 to help staff identify those struggling with a gambling problem.

“The new Responsible Service of Gambling training empowers frontline staff in clubs and hotels to spot problematic gaming behaviour in patrons, thereby minimising harm in Queensland’s licensed venues,” Lawlor said.

“Since mandating the training in October, more than 1300 people have participated in the formal training course. This is a strong uptake, which highlights the gaming industry’s support and commitment to best practice.”

Responsible Service of Gambling training was made mandatory on 1 October 2010 for all staff carrying out defined gaming duties or tasks in licensed venues, including eligible licensees, gaming nominee licence holders, and gaming employee licence holders.

New staff must complete the training within three months, while existing staff have until July 1, 2011 to undertake the training.

“It’s clear that club and hotel management are really supportive of this latest harm minimisation initiative, helping so many staff to complete the training in such a short period,” Lawlor said.

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