Electronic gambling machines
Electronic gaming machines
We fact-checked Samantha Ratnam's claim that Victorians have lost $66 billion at the pokies. Here's what we found.
Samantha Ratnam claimed Victoria had lost $66 billion to poker machines since their introduction 30 years ago. Verdict: Ms Ratnam's claim is understated.
Discussion paper: lowering bet and credit limits for electronic gaming machines
The ACT government has prepared this discussion paper on how it proposes to lower the bet limit on poker machines or electronic gaming machines (EGMs) from $10 to $5 and to introduce a $100 credit (or load-up) limit for EGMs.
Evaluation of the 2018 gaming machine reforms: discussion paper, August 2021
The NSW Government is evaluating the gaming machine reforms introduced in 2018. Liquor and Gaming NSW will assess stakeholder feedback received in response to this discussion paper.
Proximity to gambling venues, gambling behaviours and related harms
The findings in this report suggest that the close proximity of gambling venues to people’s homes increases financial hardship and mental health problems, particularly for socio-economically vulnerable populations. This evidence may be useful for state and local governments with their decisions to approve future gaming...
Reducing the harm caused by gambling
Gambling harm, which refers to negative consequences caused or made worse by gambling, including emotional or psychological distress, financial problems, and difficulties with relationships, work or study. This audit report examines the effectiveness of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation's efforts to reduce gambling harm.
Gambling participation and at-risk behaviour in problem gambling among Victorian adults
Gambling is a major public policy issue in Australia, affecting the health and wellbeing of many individuals and families in a range of ways. This paper aims to improve understanding of gambling participation and related problems among adults living in Victoria.
People with intellectual disability and their lived experiences of gambling
Through one-on-one interviews with people with an intellectual disability, and focus groups with supporters of people with an intellectual disability, this study aims to broaden the understanding of the risks gambling may have on someone with an intellectual disability.
Tasmania can’t afford a bet on the pokies
The poker machine industry has been shut down in Tasmania since the 24th of March. The industry is set to re-open on Friday the 26th of June. Re-opening these venues will provide immediate employment to staff previously stood down. However, this research shows that, in...
Weighing up the risks and benefits of community gambling venues as recreational spaces for people with lifelong disability
Although researchers have explored how adults and children engage with community gambling venues, there is limited understanding about the potential risks and benefits of these venues for people with lifelong disability.
Victorian population gambling and health study 2018–2019
This report details results from a large general population survey on gambling participation, gambling problems and gambling-related harm in the state of Victoria, Australia conducted between September 2018 and January 2019.
Evaluation of YourPlay: final report
YourPlay, the Victorian government’s pre-commitment scheme for gaming machines, tries to empower players to make informed decisions about their gambling. This evaluation shows many of the users have experienced benefits from the scheme, but it could be improved with better communications, promotion and data reporting...
Responsible conduct of gambling study
This study contributes to the review and potential improvement of Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG) practices in NSW. There has not been a comprehensive examination into the effectiveness of RCG practices and training in NSW. The intention is for this research to build an evidence-base...
Host responsibility for pokies in pubs and clubs: results from the 2018 Health and Lifestyles survey
This report presents key findings from the 2018 Health and Lifestyles Survey (HLS) concerning pokie players at pubs and clubs, and their interactions at such venues.
Modernising harm prevention for gambling in Australia: international lessons for public health policy and improved regulation of gambling
This report provides a summary of key public health lessons that could be considered to improve gambling regulation in Australia.
Progress on gambling harm reduction 2010 to 2017
Overall, the outcomes presented in this report show progress has been made in reducing gambling harm and inequalities in New Zealand. However, since approximately 2012 the downward movement in harm levels has plateaued.
Gambling in suburban Australia
This report presents a novel mixed-methods study of a social phenomenon that has not yet been well explored: the relationships between place, social circumstances, gambling and harm. It compares two socially distinct areas of a major city (Melbourne, Victoria) to identify a range of issues...
Report of Independent Review Panel gaming machines licensing process: allocation
This is a report to the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation (the Minister) by the Independent Review Panel (the Panel) in relation to the allocation of gaming machine entitlements in the State of Victoria from 16 August 2022. The report is provided...
Effects of wagering marketing on vulnerable adults
This study examined the impact of approaches to wagering marketing, including inducements, on vulnerable adults. Findings from the study show that wagering advertisements and inducements increase betting expenditure.
Mobile EGMs apps – the perfect substitute or the perfect storm?
This report details a program of research devised to address the VRGF questions about free‐to‐play mobile apps that mimic traditional gambling games. Although these products do not involve winning real money, they can involve winning free play‐time and thus replicate a critical element of real...
Fact Check: Does a million dollars spent on pokies only create three jobs?
Discussing Tasmanian Labor's proposal to remove pokies from the state's pubs and clubs, World Vision chief advocate Tim Costello claims a million dollars spent on pokies only creates three jobs.
Fact Check: Will removing poker machines from Tasmanian pubs and clubs cost thousands of jobs?
Liberal Treasurer Peter Gutwein claims the impact of taking poker machines out of pubs and clubs would cost thousands of jobs.
Estimating the revenue share of the Farrell Group and other gambling industry participants from gambling operations in Tasmania
This paper estimates the costs of gambling harm to the Tasmanian economy as $341.58 million, more than three times the total gambling tax revenue accrued by the state in 2016-17.
Fourth social and economic impact study of gambling in Tasmania (2017)
This independent review of the social and economic impact of gambling in Tasmania examines he policy context and structure of the gambling industry, trends in gambling expenditure and government revenue, the economic footprint of the gambling industry, and reports on interviews with gamblers and affected...
Pokies pub test: discussion paper
Australians lose more money gambling than anyone else in the world. The number, variety and distribution of gaming machines in Australia is therefore key to understanding our relationship with gambling.
The social cost of gambling to Victoria
It is well recognised that gambling can result in diverse negative consequences for many gamblers, as well as those around them and the broader community. This study aimed only to assess the costs associated with gambling.