How many Victorians gamble online?
A 2014 survey conducted for the Foundation-funded Study of gambling and health in Victoria found that more than half of all sports bettors had bet online in the preceding year.
In 2014, 1.6 per cent of people who gambled on pokies in the preceding 12 months reported having gambled on pokies online, and 7.3 per cent of people who gambled on casino table games said they had gambled on them online.
of all sports bettors bet online.
of sports bettors at moderate or higher risk of problem gambling bet online.
Changes over time – 2008 to 2014
While overall participation remained low, online gambling in Victoria increased between 2008 and 2014:
- pokies – of people who gambled on pokies, those gambling on them online increased from 0.32 per cent to 1.57 per cent, a rise of 390.6 per cent. They comprised 0.26 per cent of Victoria’s adult population
- casino table games – of people who gambled on casino table games, those gambling on them online increased from 1.7 per cent to 7.3 per cent, a rise of 329 per cent. They comprised 0.37 per cent of Victoria’s adult population
- sports betting – of people who bet on sports, those betting online increased from 22.4 per cent to 52 per cent, a rise of 132.1 per cent. They comprised 2.7 per cent of Victoria’s adult population.
The increase in the use of online pokies was mostly among people experiencing problem gambling. The increase in the use of online casino table games was mostly reported by non-problem gamblers.
Unlike other forms of gambling, it is legal for companies registered in Australia to offer and advertise sports and race betting in Australia. Increases in sports betting advertising are likely to have contributed to the rise in online sports betting. Find out more about gambling advertising and its potential impact on Victorians.
It is illegal to offer or advertise online pokies and casino table games in Australia. However, ‘simulation’, or non-monetary, pokies and casino games apps are legal, and recent Foundation-funded research found their use may be linked to higher levels of real-money gambling. The research also shows that use of these free and unregulated apps could be placing children and adolescents at greater risk of harm from real gambling. Read more in the 2018 report: Mobile EGMs Apps – The perfect substitute or the perfect storm?