GAMING INFORMATION

There is a lot of information about gambling on the internet, and it is often difficult to tell how reliable information from different sources is. Research tells us that roughly Australians spend more than 19 billion dollars on gambling each year, with a majority of that money spent on poker machines in clubs and hotels. Often gambling is promoted as a form of recreational entertainment and provides funding for gaming venues and the government.

However, for some people it can affect their physical and mental health, finances, employment, relationships and can even led to problems with the law.

More information about the facts and figures of can be found on our resources page, and at the following websites:

The Responsible Gaming Fund
www.olgr.nsw.gov.au

The Productivity Commission Report – A Snapshot of the Gambling Industry (June 2009)
www.pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/gambling-2009/report

Gambling Help NSW
www.gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au

Know Your Odds (Tasmanian Government)
http://knowyourodds.net.au/house-edge

Inside the Pokies, a Players Guide (Victorian Government)
http://professionals.problemgambling.vic.gov.au/files-professionals/Inside%20the%20Pokies%20A5%208.pdf

The following statistics were published in the Productivity Commission Report June 2009 (Chapter 2.5: A snapshot of the gambling industry) and can be accessed at:
www.pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/gambling-2009/report

EXPENDITURE ON MAJOR FORMS OF GAMBLING 2008-2009
$19 Billion Official Gambling Expenditure
$10.5 Billion EGMs in Clubs and Hotels 55%
$ 3.5 Billion Casino Gaming 18%
$ 2.3 Billion Lotteries, Pools, Keno 12%
$ 2.8 Billion Wagering (Racing and Sport) 15%
UNOFFICIAL GAMBLING EXPENDITURE 2008-2009
Est. $ 541 Million Casinos Online
Est. $ 249 Million Poker Online
Est. Unknown Poker Tournaments in Hotels, Clubs