Social and economic impact studies of gambling in Tasmania
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
Part B – review of harm minimisation measures
Interested parties were invited to make a submission to the study by the closing date of 15 May 2014. Those received are available to view below.
Derwent Valley Council
The discussion guide prepared to assist participants to make a submission can be accessed here.
Meetings with stakeholders
During April and May 2014, the project team met with industry representatives, local and state government representatives and support services. Meetings were also held with venues in the focus local government areas.
In June 2014, the project team deployed a survey of gaming venues in the focus local government areas to collect data on employment and the importance of gambling for venues.
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 survey. This survey involved respondents who participated in the 2011 study, who will be interviewed again in November 2014.
Tracking individuals as part of the study will allow the project team to examine how people change their gambling behaviours over time.
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