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Gambling in Victoria


Expenditure on gambling in Victoria

Pokies, casino and lotteries gambling

Every year the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCCC) publishes expenditure data on legal gambling products in Victoria, including pokies, casino games and lotteries.

The data shows that pokies losses increased from $2.609 billion in 2016–17 to $2.699 billion in 2018-19. Pokies losses decreased in 2019–20 ($1.988 billion) and 2020–21 ($1.565 billion) due to COVID-19-related venue closures.

Casino losses (table games and pokies) increased from $1.556 billion in 2016–17 to $1.679 billion in 2018–19. Casino losses decreased in 2019–20 ($1.235 billion) and 2020–21 ($399 million) due to COVID-19-related closures.

Lotteries losses increased from $502 million in 2016-17 to $723 million in 2020-21.

Sport and race betting

In 2019, Victoria introduced a Point of Consumption Tax (POCT) for sport and race betting expenditure. This means that all sport and race betting losses by Victorian punters are recorded in Victoria for taxation purposes, regardless of whether they bet with a Victorian bookmaker or one licensed interstate.

Data published by the State Revenue Office shows that estimated sport and race betting losses increased from $1.65 billion in 2019–20 to $2.33 billion in 2020–21.

Victorian gambling spend

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