Social and Economic Impact Studies

​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.

Fifth impact study

The fifth Social and Economic Impact Study of Gambling in Tasmania is taking place during 2020-21. The Department of Treasury and Finance has appointed a consortium comprising the SA Centre for Economic Studies, ENGINE Group, the Centre of Policy Studies, and Saul Eslake to carry out the study. 

Fourth impact study - Volume 1 and Volume 2 released January 2018
A consortium comprising by ACIL Allen Consulting, Deakin University, Central Queensland and the Social Research Centre have completed the fourth study.  It is available in two volumes. Note, as previously advised Volume 1 has now been updated at Table 5.1 etc., to incorporate 49 Betfair FTEs.

  Volume 1 - Industry Trends and Impacts(4Mb)

  Volume 2 -  Prevalence Survey   (8Mb) 

Public submissions were invited to the fourth SEIS, through a newspaper advertisement.  A total of eight public submissions were received as part of the SEIS: 

  1. Glenorchy City Council   (3Mb)

  2. LGAT   (810Kb)

  3. City of Hobart   (899Kb)

  4. Andrew Wilkie MP   (72Kb)

  5. Relationships Aus   (374Kb)

  6. Federal Group   (2Mb)

  7. Anglicare   (2Mb)

  8. TasCOSS   (3Mb)


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:

Summary Report (2Mb)

Volume 1 - Gambling industry trends and economic impacts (8Mb)

Volume 2 - Gambling survey (4Mb)

Volume 3 - Assessment of harm minimisation measures (2Mb) 

 A report into sentencing options and improving data collection in courts and prisons has was also completed.

Responding to gambling-related crime (2Mb) 


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:
Volume 1 (6Mb)

Volume 2 - Prevalence Study (2Mb) 

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.
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