This area of our website is intended for Gamblers Anonymous members. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling. There are no dues or fees for GA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.

Gamblers Anonymous policy on finance and contributions

Gamblers Anonymous is fully self-supporting and does not seek or accept contributions from people outside the fellowship. When outside contributions are received at the Group or Regional Service Office, they are returned with a note explaining our position on the question of self-support. In Australia, the maximum contribution from an individual member is not limited. This policy is reviewed from time to time. Expenses at the group level for room hire, coffee, refreshments and literature are met by members attending the meeting. In a majority of groups, any excess money is deposited with the Regional Service Office or Intergroup to help with expenses like the phone, photocopier and office co-ordinator out-of-pocket expenses. The Regional Service Office and Intergroup bank a prudent fund to cover expenses generally aligned to our primary purpose. That is to help the compulsive gambler who still suffers.

Contributions to the International Service Office (ISO)

Gamblers Anonymous Australia is supported by the International Service Office (ISO) located in Los Angeles, USA. To assist the ISO to function on a financial basis several Australian members contribute financially to the ISO through voluntary contributions. They have set-up their bank account to make automatic withdrawals fortnightly or monthly. Some members contribute $2 monthly and some $30 fortnightly. The amount is voluntary and completely up to the member depending on their personal circumstances. If you are interested in making a voluntary contribution to the ISO, set-up a permanent withdrawal from your bank account to the New South Wales Regional Service Office using its BSB 082171 and Account Number 509198208. Insert the word “Lifeliner” in the reference field. The amount is purely of your choosing. The New South Wales Regional Service Office will do a bank transfer to the ISO in the first quarter of each year. Think for a minute how desperate we were when we first got to Gamblers Anonymous – then take the time to consider this worthwhile cause.

Upcoming Events

Oaks Oasis Hotels & Resorts, Golden Beach Caloundra on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast is the venue for the 40th Gamblers Anonymous National Conference (with Gam-Anon participation)

When: Friday to Sunday 24 to 26 August, 2018

Theme: Keen & Serene in 2018

One of encouraging things is that 3 people have registered from Tasmania.

Just a reminder that you can book your accommodation now and pay on arrive. You just need to provide a name and credit card now.

For people wanting to share a room let the organizing committee know and they will do their very best to match you up. At present a lady from Tasmania wishes to share a room with another lady, so if you are happy to save a bundle and share your room please let the organizing committee know.

To check out the location, book your accommodation and register for the weekend CLICK:

2018 National Conference website
Oaktree Anglican Church Hall, Caulfield North

When: Saturday 5 May 2018

Address: 281 Glen Eira Road, Caulfield North

8:00am Open for registrations
9:00am The Preparation
10:30am Morning Tea
11:00am The Ingredients
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm The Results
2:45pm Afternoon Tea
3:15pm Q & A
4:30pm Conference Close

Theme: The Fellowship

Price: $15 per person early registration encouraged
$20 per person on the day. (Includes tea/coffee all day, morning/afternoon tea, Chicken and Salad Lunch)

Any queries please call: Simon L 0402 682 272, Rachael C 0457 195 244 or Allan G 0438 194 525

Click and print the below flyer:

Registration Form

An interview with Australia’s longest abstinence member

In July 2015 an interview was held with Sam A at his home at Woy Woy on the NSW Central Coast. He is Australia’s longest abstinence member. Sam hasn’t gambled for more than 50 years. He started the first Regional Service Office in Australia in 1978 after a trip to the United States. Sam is 90 years old but still attends special birthday meetings in Sydney. Click here to listen.

Interview with Sam

Literature & other brochures


A New Beginning (5th edition 2007)

110 pages – Published by the International Service Office in Los Angeles.
This book gives the reader a broad outline about the structure of Gamblers Anonymous, the 12 Steps of Recovery and 12 Steps of Unity, the types of meetings and personal stories. It also includes an acknowledgement of thanks to Alcoholics Anonymous for sharing its program.

Sharing Recovery Through Gamblers Anonymous (1983)

228 pages – Published by the International Service Office in Los Angeles.
This book provides a fictional story about a compulsive gambler at the beginning of the book, outlines the steps of Recovery and unity, provides opinions from professionals in the field of psychology on the subject of pathological gambling and personal stories.

A Day at a Time (1994)

Published by Hazelden in the United States of America.
This book provides daily reflections and insights for the reader covering each day of the calendar year.


There is a variety of literature and brochures available to Gamblers Anonymous members and the public. Click the link below. It’s easy to place an order. Go to the CONTACT page and send an email to the State you currently live in.

12 Steps to a Slip
20 Survival Questions
4th Step Guide to Recovery
90 Day Plateau
A Day At A Time (1994) Hard Cover
A New Beginning (5th Edition 2007)
A Newcomer Asks
Abuse & Harassment Guide
Banner 12 Steps of Recovery
Banner 12 Steps of Unity
Beyond 90 Days
Chart of Daily Moral Inventory
Combo Book French Korean Greek Vietnamese Spanish Chinese
Combo Book (small print)
Combo Book A5 size
Combo Book Audio CD
Combo Book Braille
Coping with Urge to Gamble
DVD Combining Big Steve & Even up the odds
G.A 12 Steps Of Unity
G.A Book for the Judicial Lawyer
G.A Sponsorship Manual
G.A. Information Pack
Group Handbook
Guidance Code Book
Have I Quit the Fellowship?
Pins Engraved with Year Number
Pressure Relief Handbook
Public Relations Flier
Questions & Answers about G.A
Sharing Recovery through Gamblers Anonymous (1983)
Short Term Sponsorship
Step One Guide Work Book
Steps Meeting Handbook
The Stock Market Retirement & G.A
There is Help
Towards Recovery in Prison
Video Big Steve VHS
Video Even Up The Odds
Welcome Kit
Working The Steps
Young Gamblers in Recovery