Latest Research

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

This report, published by Financial Counselling Australia, describes the serious issues financial counsllors are seeing in their casework with clients who have sports betting debts.  The report goes on to call for reform of the sports betting industry in Australia.

Gambling Research Australia have released a major report into the use of social media and gambling.  This research was commissioned  to identify and describe the availability and promotion of gambling and social casino game opportunities via social media, whether there has been a transition between social casino game play and gambling; and the potential for social media to be used to promote...

The gambling sector in Australia comprises a number of stakeholder groups with diverse interests, objectives, and professional skills and resources. The diversity of the sector can present challenges in developing communication strategies that are accessible, and adequately meet the needs of the audience. This report, recently released by the Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC), provides insight into ways in which these challenges may be addressed.

Gambling Research Australia has released a report on the Marketing of Sports Betting and Racing completed by ORC International in collaboration with Professor Nerillee Hing and Dr Sally Gainsbury of the Centre for Gambling Education and Research.  

The study aimed to explore the impacts of increased marketing activity associated with the expansion of the sports and race betting on gambling behaviour and...

This background paper, authored by Helen Miller and published by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, explores various risk factors for problem gambling in a review of the existing literature to identify those risk factors which have the strongest evidentiary support.

This paper, authored and published by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, highlights the importance of considering the impact of gambling on the community as a whole in any work to prevent gambling-related harm.

Prepared for the UK Gambling Commission, this report explores trends in gambling participation and prevalence across all gambling activities undertaken in the UK from 2008 to 2014.

Prepared by the Centre for Gambling Research for the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission, this report presents a review of the literature relating to problem gambling prevention from a public health perspective.  It reviews prevention approaches and strategies that have been undertaken for other health and wellbeing issues that might be applied to problem gambling.

This report, released by the Tasmanian Department of Treasury and Finance and authored by a research consortium comprised of ACIL Allen Consulting, The Social Research Centre and The Problem Gambling Research and Treatment Centre, is Volume One of Part A of the 2015 Social and Economic Impact Study of Gambling in Tasmania.  It provides an update on key trends in gaming in Tasmania and builds upon previous social and economic impact studies conducted in this jurisdiction in 2008 and 2011.  


This report, released by the Tasmanian Department of Treasury and Finance and authored by a research consortium comprised of ACIL Allen Consulting, The Social Research Centre and The Problem Gambling Research and Treatment Centre presents results of the 2013 Tasmanian Prevalence Study.  


The Quinte Longitudinal Study is a prospective study of gambling and problem gambling conducted in the Quinte Region of Ontario, Canada from 2006 to 2011.  A sample of 4,121 adults, 17 and older, was recruited with 26% of the sample selected for higher levels of gambling involvement. A high retention rate of 93.9% after 5 years was achieved. 

The study examined four main questions:  

  1. what are the normal patterns of continuity and discontinuity in gambling and problem gambling over time;
  2. what individual, social and structural variables mediate the development of...

This publication, recently released by the Canadian Responsible Gambling Council’s (RGC) Centre for the Advancement of Best Practices, presents findings from Insight 2013.  The project focussed on player incentives at land-based gambling venues and gathered information from Canadian and international jurisdictions. 

This research, conducted by Dr Ross Gordon and Michael Chapman of Macquarie University and published by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, explores the nature and extent of brand community as is applies to the marketing of sports betting brands in Australia.

The researchers conducted a content analysis of sports betting websites and live television broadcasts of sporting matches to identify the main themes of sports betting advertising, and engaged a focus group of young adult gamblers to examine consumer response and interaction with sports betting brands.

This study was commissioned and funded by Gambling Research Australia and conducted by Schottler Consulting. The aim of the study was to identify structural characteristics of Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs) within Australia and to examine how differect structural characteristics affect gambling behaviours (with particular emphasis on the behaviours of problem gamblers).

This research was carried out by the Gambling and Addictions Research Centre at AUT University and is available from the website of the New Zealand Ministry of Health.  The research was designed to provide an understanding of the impacts of PIDs and pop-up messages, and to explore the effects of EGM game characteristics and casino table game charateristics on gambler behaviour and gambling-related harms.