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 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 has been extended to 15 May 2014.
Submissions should be forwarded directly to the Consultant:
Tasmanian Gambling Study
ACIL Allen Consulting
Level 9, 60 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
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.
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.
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