Latest Research

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

The International Social Games Association (ISGA) has released independent academic research by Harvest Strategy into the evolution, use and impact of social games.  The report undertakes both a review of existing academic literature and data surrounding social games, as well as...

Published by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation and authored by Helen Miller, this paper explores the nature of problem gambling recovery and the role that seeking help plays in that recovery, as well as the types of help that are available in Victoria and their effectiveness.

This paper from Victoria's Responsible Gambling Foundation (VGRF) examines recent research literature on co-occurring (or co-morbid) conditions that may affect those also experiencing problem gambling.

The paper notes that understanding the relationship between problem gambling and other conditions can assist in treatment approaches for problem gamblers. Similarly, increasing knowledge of co-occurring conditions may assist in the treatment of individuals presenting with multiple problems including problem gambling.  ...

This Gambling Research Australia (GRA) report establishes a baseline study, conducted over a period of more than two and a half years, to determine who, what, when, why and how people gamble on the internet in Australia. 

The study provides an insight into how interactive gambling is changing engagement in gambling with regard to both gaming and wagering.

Undertaken by the Swinburne University of Technology, on behalf of Gambling Research Australia (GRA), this report aims to validate a set of behavioural indicators developed in 2007 to identify problem gamblers at venues. 

In addition, this report seeks to assess the practical validity of the Gambling Behaviour Checklist (GBC-EGM) as a tool used by venue staff to identify and assist at risk gamblers.

The World Count of Gaming Machines is an anual research report compiled for the Gaming Technologies Association (GTA).  It provides an insight into the global gaming machine industry through an estimate of the number of gaming machines legitimately operating worldwide.

Funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (VGRF), this study, conducted by Dr. Sean Cowlishaw, analysed 25 different studies from around the world to estimate the prevalance of problem gambling in treatment for substance use problems, and associations between problem gambling comorbities in substance use treatment.  The study is available from the VGRF website.

The impact of electronic gambling machine (EGM) jackpots on gambling behaviour was a two year research study undertaken by Central Queensland University for Gambling Research Australia (GRA).

The focus of the study was to examine whether jackpots and linked jackpots increase the likelihood of risky gambling behaviour and gambling related harm, and to what extent do jackpots enhance the player experience.

The South Australian Government has recently released results of the first gambling prevalence survey undertaken in South Australia since 2005.  

The survey sampled some 9,402 South Australian adults between October and December 2012 and examined a wide range of gambling issues.  

Results include that the prevalence of problem gambling in 2012 was 0.6% of all South Australian adults - a further 2.5% were classified as moderate risk gamblers.

This study was undertaken by Southern Cross University and funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (VGRF).  It explores the relationship betweeen health, well-being and resilience to problem gambling.  The study is available from the VGRF website.

The UK Gambling Commission has published its latest industry statistics for the five-year period 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2013.  Statistics are available on all of the industry's sectors, including: betting, bingo, casinos, arcades, gaming machines manufacturers, lotteries and remote gambling.

Initiated by the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission, this is the final report of the research undertaken by the Australian National University's Centre for Gambling Research to examine the stigma associated with gambling problems and how stigma impacts on help-seeking. Access to the full report is available below, or you may wish to access a summary of the report's findings...

This report, undertaken by Swinburne University of Technology, evaluates the effectivness of the removal of ATMs from Victorian Gaming Venues from 1 July 2012.

This report presents findings of a large-scale study of the patterns and prevalence of co-occurrence of family violence and problem gambling in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

This study, reported in the Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health,  tests the feasibility of using nationally representative General Social Surveys for examining trends and patterns in gambling problems and other life stressors amongst the Australian CALD population.