Gambling & Finances

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting financial pressure on many individuals and families. While there are some support systems in place, it is still a stressful, unprecedented time for the economy and individual finances.

Managing existing bills and commitments during COVID-19 can be even more tricky when you and/or your partner have lost work. Applying for government benefits or additional support, as well as utilising other financial support services, can go a long way in easing the burden from income loss.

If you are struggling to maintain financial security and it is putting a strain on your relationships or mental health, we can help. Relationships Australia South Australia offers counselling services to help you manage your wellbeing. You can find them here:

Free, confidential and comprehensive support for people with or affected by gambling issues, including financial counselling, is available. Visit if gambling is becoming a problem and affecting your life.

Find out about our COVID-19 response here:

Stay financially afloat during COVID-19 by:

  • Reviewing your budget, and working out what is a ‘want’ and what is a ‘need’.
  • Re-prioritising your financial goals and considering a COVID-19 financial plan.
  • Researching government payments, subsidies and benefits for the COVID-19 period.
  • Seeking help for issues related to credit, debt or gambling.
  • Contact your bank for help with mortgage or credit payments or hardship options.
  • Reviewing your employment and/or study options.
  • Researching government payments, subsidies and benefits for this period.
  • Doing this one-step at a time, as rushing may increase stress levels.

 If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the following, seek help early:

  • Living outside their means
  • Struggling with credit cards or other debt
  • Stress or anxiety in financial discussions
  • Hiding debts from a partner/family
  • Using mortgage or money for other bills for gambling
  • Feeling like gambling is inflicting harm on you or your loved ones
  • Extreme mood swings or thinking about suicide

Telephone and online supports:

Here are some useful links you might want to explore

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