This Research Summary details findings on race betting activity in Australia. These findings were derived from analysis of the 2015 Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. The HILDA Survey is designed so that findings can be generalised to the Australian adult population.
Among other things, survey data tell us that in 2015, nearly one million Australians regularly gambled on horse and dog racing. Most race bettors were men, and aged between 30 and 64. Their typical monthly expenditure on race betting amounted to $1,300 each over the year. Some 400,000 experienced one or more gambling-related problems.
- In 2015, nearly one million Australians regularly gambled on horse and dog racing
- Most were men (81%), and aged 30–64 (66%)
- On average, race bettors spent around half their typical gambling outlay on race betting, and half on other gambling activities
- Forty-one per cent of all regular race bettors—403,000 adults—experienced one or more gambling-related problems
- In a typical month, 41 cents in every dollar spent on race betting by regular race bettors came from a person with moderate to severe gambling problems