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Gambling in Victoria

What are the highest spend gambling activities in Victoria?

In 2014, participants in the Foundation-funded Study of gambling and health in Victoria said they had spent the largest proportion of their gambling money in the preceding 12 months on:

  1. lotteries
  2. raffles and other competitions
  3. race betting
  4. pokies
  5. casino table games
  6. sports betting.

In 2012, the Victorian Government removed automatic teller machines (ATMs) from pokies venues as a consumer protection measure. Customers can still withdraw cash using EFTPOS, but this requires interaction with venue staff. In 2014, people experiencing problem gambling reported withdrawing an average of $317.93 per visit compared with $65.56 for non-problem gamblers.

There is currently a $200 limit per EFTPOS withdrawal in a pokies venue. A $500 daily limit came into effect on 19 September 2018.

The Foundation’s Venue Support Program helps venues develop and maintain safer gambling environments, including training staff to identify and respond to people showing signs of potential gambling harm.

Changes over time – 2008 to 2014

Between 2008 and 2014, there was a 32 per cent decrease in non-problem gamblers who spent the highest proportion of their gambling money on pokies. There was also a 33.9 per cent drop in low-risk gamblers reporting pokies as their highest spend gambling activity.

Low-risk gamblers reporting raffles, sweeps and other competitions as their highest spend gambling activity rose by 132.2 per cent.

See what Victorians spent on gambling in 2015–2016.

Find out what Victorians thought were safe time and money limits for gambling in 2017.

We recently funded research to investigate the kinds of limits (frequency, expenditure) that might help reduce risk of gambling harm. Read the findings in the 2018 report on the development of empirically derived Australian responsible gambling limits.

The Foundation’s gambling calculator enables people to calculate how much time and money they spend on gambling a year, and how this compares with other Australians.

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