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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 were invited to make a submission to the study by the closing date of 15 May 2014. Those received are available to view below.

    Anonymous
    Andrew Wilkie
    Anglicare
    Betfair
    Derwent Valley Council
    Federal Group

    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.

    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 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.

    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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