Social and Economic Impact Studies

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.

Fourth impact study - due December 2017

On Saturday, 17 December 2016, the Department of Treasury and Finance advertised an open tender to engage the services of a consultant (or consortium of consultants) to undertake the Fourth Social and Economic Impact Study of Gambling in Tasmania. This study is due to be completed by December 2017.

Where necessary, a consortium arrangement will be encouraged to facilitate the participation of separate businesses. A proposed consortium arrangement must be clearly identified and detailed in the tender response.

The tender documents can be accessed at The deadline for tender submissions is strictly 12pm Monday, 30 January 2017. No submissions can be accepted after this time.

If you have any queries in relation to this tender, please contact the Project Manager for the study, Damien Jarvis on (03) 6166 4310 or at

Third impact study - Part A (prevalence study) released March 2015, Part B (assessment of harm minimisation measures) released November 2015

A consortium led by ACIL Allen Consulting Pty Ltd has completed the third study. It is available in three volumes, supplementary material and a summary report:  


Summary Report (698Kb)

Volume 1 - Gambling industry trends and impacts (3Mb)

Volume 2 - Prevalence survey (4Mb)

Volume 3 - Assessment of gambling harm minimisation measures (4Mb)

Volume 3 - Supplementary material (3Mb)


Second impact study - released March 2012

The Allen Consulting Group completed the second study, in collaboration with the Problem Gambling Research and Treatment Centre (a joint venture of Monash University and the University of Melbourne) and the Social Research Centre.

The second study is available in three volumes and a summary report:

 A report into sentencing options and improving data collection in courts and prisons has was also 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 (191Kb)

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