» Major Australian Online Gambling Study Launched
Major Australian Online Gambling Study Launched
Thursday 7 June, 2012 16:55
Two major Australian universities have kicked off the second phase
of a national online survey which will examine the online gambling habits of
players Down Under.
The survey, launched by Southern Cross University and the
University of Sydney, will look at the way Australians use their computers,
smart phones, wireless devices and smart TVs to play online casino and poker
games, and wager on sports events.
Professor Alex Blaszczynski from the University of Sydney said that
gaining a greater understanding of the extent, characteristics and patterns of
involvement of Australian internet users will help in guiding the development of
policies which could ultimately protect recreational players, as well as those
who are at risk of developing gambling problems.
Statistics show that Australians spend over $1 billion wagering at
offshore sites, with very few regulations in place to protect consumers.
Calls for Regulated Australian Gambling Industry
"Research shows online gambling can be risky, but that the best way
to protect players is to provide a regulated environment that has harm
minimisation and responsible gambling features and tools in place," noted the
lead researcher from the Center for Gambling Education and Research at Southern
Cross University, Dr. Sally Gainsbury.
In the recent interim review of the current laws governing gambling
in Australia, commissioned by the federal government, there were no less than 30
recommendations made to ensure that consumers were protected when gambling
Prof. Blaszczynski praised the recommendations made and said that
they "will go a long way towards harm minimisation and consumer protection."
He showed, as an example, the recommendation to allow online poker
games and said that this was "consistent with the Productivity Commission's
recommendation and in this context is aimed at allowing access to popular but
less risky forms of gambling compared to other types of gambling that allow high
Results of First Online Gambling Survey
The first phase of the Australian online gambling survey launched
showed some interesting results, including:
- Internet gamblers had higher incomes, worked full time or were students,
and were either married or lived with their partners. A high proportion of
non internet gamblers had never been married.
- The majority of Australian online gambler partook in race wagering and
sports betting, followed by online poker, casino games and lottery.
- 94% of online gamblers did so from home on their personal computers. 6%
wagered on their mobile phones
- Half of the internet gamblers began doing so before 2006.
The second phase of the report will be completed in 2013.