Consultation on the Draft Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm

Closed 8 Oct 2021

Opened 30 Aug 2021


Harm from gambling is a significant public health issue for our communities, and to individuals, families and whānau, but this harm is not evenly spread across our communities.

Every three years the Ministry of Health sets out a proposed strategy to prevent and minimise the harm caused to people, whānau, and communities by gambling.

This document seeks your comment on the proposed future direction and content of the Ministry of Health’s Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm (2022/23 to 2024/25).

You can find more information on the Ministry of Health website.

Your feedback is vital to help us develop the final strategy.


Submissions on the Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm 2022/23-2024/25 consultation document close on 8 October 2021.

The Ministry has recently completed 10 online hui which attracted a high level of interest from the public and from other interested parties. The Ministry of Health is grateful for the constructive approach taken to this consultation. Attached is the general presentation provided at the general hui, industry and people with lived experience hui, as well as the presentations that that highlighted information for the Asian, Māori, Pacific and Rangatahi/young people hui.

Why your views matter

Included are draft proposals for:

  • the strategic plan, which sets out the general strategic direction and priorities that provides a framework for the activities described below
  • the proposed funding levels for the Ministry, in relation to the gambling harm prevention and minimisation activities described in the strategy
  • the proposed service plan, for the three years from 2022/23 to 2024/25
  • the proposed problem gambling levy rates and weighting options per gambling sector, for the next three years.

What happens next

After considering feedback received about this consultation document, the Ministry of Health will submit a revised strategy and levy rate proposals to the Gambling Commission.

The Commission must hold a consultation meeting and provide its own advice about the proposed levy rates to the Ministers of Health and Internal Affairs. Cabinet will subsequently make final decisions on the shape of the strategy and the new levy rates early in 2022. The new rates will come into effect on 1 July 2022.


  • Members of the public
  • People affected by gambling harm
  • Gambling sector
  • Mental health and addiction services
  • Service providers


  • Gambling
  • Mental health
  • Substance use
  • Pacific health
  • Māori health