Mission Australia Gamble Aware – Illawarra & Southern NSW Free Counselling Services

Its handy to know that you have a specialist service available if you have a client who presents with a gambling addiction. Problematic gambling often comes wrapped up in a whole range of issues.

A useful screening question is “Have you or anyone close to you ever been impacted by problem gambling?”. The light touch approach seems to work best as there is so much shame and stigma surrounding problem gambling. Shame often acts as a barrier to those seeking help. Our service is highly accessible and there is no cost involved.

From 1 July 2021, GambleAware is the new gambling support and treatment service in NSW. Like Gambling Help, GambleAware will provide support groups and counselling for individuals and their families and much more.

Need to refer a client to GambleAware?

Contact GambleAware Illawarra and Southern NSW on

(02) 4267 6600 or email

Later this year, you will be able to refer or book appointments for your clients through the digital platform at

Alternatively, for other regions call GambleAware on 1800 858 858.

GambleAware is funded through the NSW Government’s Office of Responsible Gambling. GambleAware’s purpose is to work towards zero gambling-related harm in NSW through research, education and support for individuals and communities.

If you have a moment please watch this short (1 minute) video.

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