Social and economic impact studies into 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
The third impact study is currently underway with work commencing 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 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 (a joint venture of Monash University and the University of Melbourne) and the Social Research Centre.
Two separate telephone surveys of the Tasmanian community will be undertaken as part of the study. The first of these, focussed on examining the prevalence of gambling and problem gambling in Tasmania, commenced in mid September 2013 and ran until late October 2013. This survey used an innovative sample design; calling both mobile and landline telephones.
The second survey will commence in early November 2013 and will run until mid December 2013. This second survey will be focussed on reviewing harm minimisation measures, and will be a longitudinal survey. This means that it will be surveying the same community members a total of three times. The first contact was made with individuals during 2011, the second contact in late 2013, with final contact to be made in late 2014.
A call for public submissions will be made as part of the study and will be advertised on our website and in local newspapers.
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