Latest Research

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

Commissioned by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (VRGF), this report explores the convergence between gambling and gaming in the digital age, with a particular focus on its implications for young people.  The report goes on to make a number of recommendations for stakeholders including the VRGF, government, social networking sites and industry.

This report, commissioned by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation and researched by Hing, Russell, Nuske and Gainsbury, explores the nature and cause of stigma associated with problem gambling in Victoria.  Specifically, the research sought to examine how stigma is perceived and experienced by different groups within the adult population, and how it may impact treatment and recovery from problem gambling.

Commissioned by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, in conjunction with the Department of Justice and Regulation, this report examines the prevalence of gambling and gambling behaviour in Victoria.  The report presents findings from a telephone survey of 13,584 randomly selected Victorians, conducted in 2014. The report compares findings with those of the 2009 report A Study of Gambling in Victoria: Problem Gambling from a Public Health Perspective.

The Tasmanian Government has released Part B, Volume 3 of the Third Social and Economic Impact Study of Gambling in Tasmania. 

The focus of this volume is reviewing the suite of harm minimisation measures implemented by the Tasmanian Government following the first SEIS, with specific reference to the Responsible Gambling Mandatory Code of Practice for Tasmania. 

The Marketing of Wagering on Social Media: An Analysis of Promotional Content on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook was commissioned by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. The aim of this resport is to identify and map the range of marketing techniques used to promote wagering on three social media platforms:  YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.  The report examines the extent and nature of the marketing of wagering on social media platforms, and the differences in the way in which promotional techniques are used accross the various platforms.

Comissioned by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation and conducted by the Centre for Gambling Education and Research and ORC International, this research investigates the types of wagering inducements offered to Australians, the conditions on their uptake, and their regulation.

Commissioned by Gambling Research Australia this project, undertaken by teams from Monash University, Southern Cross University, the University of Calgary and Australian National University used a multi-method approach to develop a comprehenisve list of self-help strategies and actions.  

The research then sought to examine the uptake and helpfulness of the strategies identified within an Australian context.

Self-help was defined by the study as strategies that are (i) non-professionally administered; (ii) largely self-administered; and (iii) under personal control.

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.