A two-year gambling study found that more Australians than ever are looking for their phones for a punt, as the number of online gamers has doubled in the past decade.
Australia’s Second National Interactive Gaming Study surveyed over 15,000 Australians and found that 17.5% of adults had played online in 2019, up from 8.1% in 2010.
The study, funded by Gambling Research Australia, found that overall gambling participation increased from 64.3% in 2010 to 56.9% in 2019.
Professor Nerilee Hing, from the Experimental Gambling Research Laboratory at CQ University, said the most popular forms of online gambling in Australia were lotteries (10.1% of adults), betting on races (5.9%) and sports betting (5.8%).
“This growth in online gambling has been driven by faster internet speeds, the convenience of betting on smartphone apps, extensive advertising and incentives, and new betting options like multiple bets,” he said. said Professor Hing.
“New online activities have also been introduced, including electronic sports, fantasy sports, skin games and loot boxes. “
The study found that the average online gamer was likely to be a young man, better educated than the average Australian, in a common-law relationship, and to gamble across multiple activities.
The Commonwealth and State / Territory governments are implementing the National Consumer Protection Framework for Online Betting (the National Framework).
The purpose of the national framework is to update Australia’s consumer protection measures, to ensure that they reflect best practice nationally and are consistent across jurisdictions. The national framework consists of 10 consumer protection measures that aim to reduce the harm from gambling.
It was also the first national study to examine the negative consequences of gambling for gamers, their family and friends.
Overall, 9.1% of Australian adults have experienced some harm from their own gambling and 6.0% from someone else’s gambling. Online gamers were twice as likely as land-only gamers to be harmed.
The results of this study will further inform online gambling policy and consumer protection measures across Australia.
Gambling Research Australia is a national gambling research partnership between Commonwealth, State and Territory governments, and chaired by the Government of New South Wales. The GRA funds projects of national significance and contributed over $ 1 million to the Second National Study on Interactive Gaming in Australia.
The CQ University Experimental Gambling Research Lab is a research initiative aimed at supporting the understanding of gambling, through experimentation, simulation and observation.
Researchers for the second national interactive gaming study in Australia included members of the CQUniversity team, Dr Alex Russell, Professor Matthew Rockloff, Professor Matthew Browne, Nancy Greer and Vijay Rawat, international researcher Dr Anne Salonen ( National Institute of Health and Welfare, Finland), Associate Professor Nicki Dowling and Dr Stephanie Merkouris (Deakin University), Dr Matthew Stevens (Charles Darwin University), Associate Professor Daniel King (Flinders University) and Linda Woo (former Executive Director of Policy and Projects, Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney General).