This report presents the results of the Northern Territory’s first gambling prevalence survey. It describes the socio-demographic characteristics of gamblers, estimates the level of problem gambling using two measures, and identifies the key characteristics of problem gamblers, It also reports on a socio-spatial analysis of the number of poker machines and poker machine expenditure over the past decade. A “concentration effect” is identified in gaming venues that links increased rates of return per machine to an increased number of poker machines in gambling venues. The report also reveals that problem gamblers, who as a group only constitute approximately 1% of the population, account for nearly one-third of total expenditure on gambling in the NT.


Dr Martin Young (Chief Investigator), Research Fellow (SSPR)
Associate Professor Ibtisam Abu-Duhou, Principal Research Fellow (SSPR)
Professor Tony Barnes, Professorial Research Fellow (SSPR)
Ms Elizabeth Creed, Research Fellow (casual) (SSPR)
Dr Mary Morris, Head of School (SHS)
Mr Matthew Stevens, Research Fellow (SSPR)
Dr Bill Tyler, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow (SSPR)

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