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Social and economic impact studies of gambling in Tasmania

The Gaming Control Act 1993 requires that an independent review of the social and economic impact of gambling in Tasmania is conducted every three years.

Third impact study – commenced June 2013

Work on the third impact study commenced in June 2013. Following an open tender process, a consortium led by ACIL Allen Consulting Pty Ltd was awarded the tender for this study. The same consortium was contracted to deliver the second study under the name Allen Consulting Group.

There are two parts to the study. The first part will contain an update from the previous two studies on the prevalence of gambling and problem gambling in Tasmania, alongside examination of the impacts of gambling in eight local government areas. It is due for completion by November 2014.

The eight local government areas to be examined are:

Break O’DayDevonport
BrightonGlenorchy
Circular HeadLaunceston
ClarenceSorell

    The second part will consist of a review of the harm minimisation measures introduced in Tasmania since the first study (including those contained within the Responsible Gambling Mandatory Code of Practice for Tasmania). This part is due for completion by mid 2015.

    ACIL Allen Consulting is collaborating with the Problem Gambling Research and Treatment Centre at the University of Melbourne, and the Social Research Centre.

    The scope of the study is:

    Part A – social and economic impact study
    • Provide an update of components from the first and second studies with an analysis of key trends and comparisons with other states, including, but not limited to an update of the gambling industry structure and characteristics; changes and trends in gambling behaviour; and revenue.
    • Undertake a gambling prevalence study to enable comparisons with previous Tasmanian Prevalence studies.
    • Provide an update of the social and economic impacts of gambling in the same selection of local government areas conducted for the 2011 study.

    Part B – review of harm minimisation measures
    • Undertake a review of the suite of harm minimisation measures implemented by the Government following the first SEIS, with specific reference to the Responsible Gambling Mandatory Code of Practice for Tasmania.
    • The review will assess the impact of the measures within each Problem Gambling Severity lndex category.
    • The review of harm minimisation measures in the third study will inform the Review of the Mandatory Code, which must be completed by the Tasmanian Gaming Commission by 2017.

    Public submissions

    Interested parties are invited to make a written submission to the study on a range of issues associated with the social and economic impacts of gambling, alongside the harm minimisation strategies introduced by the Tasmanian Government in the five years since the 2008 report. A discussion guide has been prepared by the Consultant to assist participants to prepare submissions and can be accessed here. The closing date for submissions is 18 April 2014.

    Submissions should be forwarded directly to the Consultant:

    Tasmanian Gambling Study
    ACIL Allen Consulting
    Level 9, 60 Collins Street
    Melbourne VIC 3000

    email: tasgamblingstudy@acilallen.com.au

    All submissions will be published on this website, unless specifically requested otherwise due to the inclusion of commercial-in-confidence information.

    Meetings with stakeholders

    The Consultant will arrange meetings and focus groups with stakeholders to take place from late March to early May 2014. Gambling venues in the eight focus local government areas will also be invited to undertake a survey on their economic and social impacts of gambling that will commence in March 2014 and be available for six weeks.

    Telephone surveys

    Two separate rounds of telephone interviews of the Tasmanian community were undertaken toward the end of 2013. The first of these focused on the prevalence of gambling and problem gambling in Tasmania, while the second focussed on harm minimisation measures and was part of a longitudinal study. The longitudinal study is surveying the same community members three times with the first contact made in 2011 and the final contact to be made in late 2014.

    The privacy policy for the Social Research Centre, which is undertaking the various surveys, is available here.

    Second impact study – released March 2012

    The Allen Consulting Group completed the second study into the social and economic impacts of gambling in Tasmania. Allen Consulting collaborated with external experts from the Problem Gambling Research and Treatment Centre (a joint venture of Monash University and the University of Melbourne) and the Social Research Centre.

    The “Social and Economic Impact Study of Gambling in Tasmania” is available in three volumes together with a summary report:

    The Tasmanian Government issued a Media Release on the report on 28 March 2012.

    In addition to the social and economic study into gambling, a report into sentencing options and improving data collection in courts and prisons has also been completed.

    First impact study – released July 2008

    The first study was prepared by the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies. It is available in two volumes:

    The Tasmanian Gaming Commission's report to the former Treasurer, Hon Michael Aird MLC on the ‘Social and Economic Impact Study into Gambling in Tasmania’ was released in late 2008.

    Tasmanian Gaming Commission's report on the Social and Economic Impact Study into Gambling in Tasmania





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