Latest Research

This page provides links to recently published research on sites from both Australia and overseas.


Every July the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) publishes the annual gaming expenditure data for the previous financial year. The data outlines total gaming expenditure and gaming venue information, including venue classification and electronic gaming machine numbers for Victoria. 2019-20 has now been released.

This report, undertaken by Central Queensland University and funded by the NSW Responsible Gambling Fund, outlines research aimed at understanding the risks posed by loot boxes to adolescents (12-17) and young adults (18-24) in NSW. 

To access the full report visit the NSW Office of Responsible Gambling Website.

This paper reports on a study undertaken by the Centre for the Advancement of Best Practices at The Responsible Gambling Council (Canada).

The study examined the emerging impact of COVID-19 on gambling during the first 6 weeks of emergency measures in Ontario, Canada.

A cross-sectional online survey of 2005 gamblers, including a sub-sample of 1,081 online gamblers (age 18 years and older), was administered to assess risky gambling behaviours and motivations, financial impacts from COVID-19, the influence of COVID-19 on online gambling, mental health concerns and substance use...

This study is first to investigate the behavior of a sample of online sports bettors before and after COVID19 measures were put in place by European governments. The findings suggest that there was a significant decrease in the amount of money wagered by sports bettors during the COVID-19 pandemic and that sports bettors did not switch to playing more online casino games. There was also a significant reduction in playing online casino games among sports bettors.

State of the States is the American Gaming Association's (AGA's) definitive study of the US commerical gaming industry in 2019 providing key metrics across the 25 states with commerical gaming operations.  The report can be accessed on the website of the AGA.

Report from the Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG). Following a year-long inquiry, the 50-strong group of parliamentarians calls for protections for online gamblers and a complete overhaul of gambling regulation in the UK. The group sets out over 30 recommendations.

This study, by Central Queensland University, was commissioned to review and inform potential improvements to Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG) practices in NSW.  

The research methodology included:

  • a rapid literature review of academic papers and grey literature;
  • an online survey of over 2,000 venue staff who had undertaken RCG training in the past five years and were employed in a NSW club or hotel at the time of the survey; and
  • focus groups with venue staff working in NSW clubs and hotels.

This report details results from a large general population survey on gambling participation, gambling problems and gambling-related harm in the state of Victoria, Australia conducted between September 2018 and January 2019.

The Effect of Gambling Marketing and Advertising on Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults: Final Synthesis Report

This research project suggests that there are reasonable grounds for concern as there is a clear link between gambling advertising and the attitudes, current and likely future behaviours of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Based on these findings, Ipsos MORI has identified 18 recommendations for industry, regulators and researchers.

Australian National University (ANU) has conducted research in NSW and the ACT on the impacts of gambling-related harm on loved ones, friends and work colleagues. The toll includes financial, emotional, mental and physical impacts.

Funded by NSW's Responsible Gambling Fund, this research examines the impacts of time-based access to electronic gaming machines.

In 2019 the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (VRGF) surveyed Victorians about their attitudes and perceptions on gambling....

The Queensland Government Statistician's Office, Queensland Treasury, has released the 35th edition of its Australian gambling statistics report.   The report provides a comprehensive set of statistics related to legalised gambling products, both nationally and by State and Territories, for the years 1992-93 to 2017-18.

The Australian Institute of Family Studies has released its longitudinal study of Australian children: Growing Up in Australia.  Chapter Seven of the study explores gambling activity among teenagers and their parents.