Strategic direction overview

The Ministry of Health is tasked with the funding and coordination of problem gambling services under the Gambling Act 2003, and assumed responsibility for this role on 1 July 2004.

Specifically, the Gambling Act requires the development of an integrated problem gambling strategy focused on public health.

Responsibility for this sits with the National Problem Gambling Team (NPGT), located in the Mental Health & Addiction Programme of the Ministry’s Sector Capability and Implementation Business Unit The NPGT provides policy analysis, contract management and data and information analysis.

In this section

  • Information on the Gambling Act 2003 and the ways in which it restricts and controls gambling. Read more
  • The Department of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Health, local authorities and the Gambling Commission all play a role in preventing harmful gambling. Read more
  • The Preventing and Minimising Gambling Harm Strategic Plan guides the delivery of problem gambling services. A 3-year service plan sets out service funding. Read more
  • Information on the development of a strategic outcomes framework for problem gambling. Read more
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