GRWA: A huge Gaming, Racing & Wagering Australia conference almost here

The annual Gaming, Racing & Wagering Australia (GRWA) conference has high expectations again this year. Presenters are expected to extend on the important happenings across the related industries since 2016, with particular focus on wagering and eSports developments both locally and internationally.

GRWA has established itself as the country’s premier gaming and wagering conference, that discusses innovation and developments that keep operators and managers ahead of the game within Australia’s highly competitive marketplace.

This year the GRWA be held at the Novotel, Darling Harbour, Sydney from August 14 – 16, 2017.


2017 has marked some important changes in the Australian wagering industry. The GRWA will have a focus on two of those impactful developments:

Consumer protection and harm minimisation –

Last April, the Minster or Human Services, Alan Tudge announced “the milestones” for the national consumer protection framework. A national self-exclusion register, a ban on the industry lines of credit and the formation of a national gambling research model are among some of the confirmed measurements. Panelists at the GRWA will provide a unique perspective on this new framework and key results from in-depth industry studies.

Panelists include:

Dylan Pickering, PhD Candidate & Research Assistant, Gambling Treatment & Research Clinic, The University of Sydney

Sarah Stewart, General Manager – Risk & Compliance, Tabcorp Holdings Ltd

Australian tax regulations related to online wagering –

On July 1 this year, the South Australian government introduced the “point-of-consumption tax” to claw back some of the gambling tax revenue it saw disappear across the border. Different industry players have been speculating over the last months about the possible impacts on the industry. Panelists will discuss their reactions to the introduction of the point-of-consumption-tax and the impact that this new tax has already had on the industry.

Panelists include:

Ben Blaschke, Managing Editor, Inside Asian Gaming

Dini Soulio, Commissioner, Liquor & Gambling Commission – South Australia

David Ford, Deputy Director-General, Liquor, Gaming and Fair Trading Department of Justice and Attorney-General


GRWA will host the first ever workshop on how to stage and market an eSports tournament. It will be broken down into 2 parts:

a)    A guide to the eSports tournament production cycle; everything from planning to technical requirements.

b)    Important marketing strategies and how to attract the new generation of gamers through eSports.

Speakers include:

Hai Ng, Co-Founder, Neomancer LLC & Spawn Point Pte Ltd

Sally Gainsbury, Deputy Director, Gambling Treatment & Research Clinic, The University of Sydney

Click here to read what they have to say about the global phenomenon of eSports – its demographics, alternative revenue stream, diversification strategy, regulations, integrity and overall potential.

Poker Tournament:

As an added bonus this year, The Star will host a Poker Tournament for all registered Gaming, Racing & Wagering Australia delegates in Sydney on 15 August 2017.


To register for the conference, call +61 3 9008 5946, email, or register online. Once you have registered for the conference, you can request to take part in the Poker Tournament. Limited seats available. Make sure you secure your conference ticket today!

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