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Gambling in Victoria


Community attitudes survey 2018: Do you gamble?

One in four of the Victorians we surveyed in 2018 had gambled in the previous month and 43 per cent didn’t gamble at all.

Young people and women were more likely to report that they didn’t gamble at all.

Those at risk of, or already experiencing, problem gambling were more likely to have gambled in the previous month.

Find out what we mean by low-risk, moderate-risk and problem gambling.

69%

of low-risk gamblers gambled in the previous month.

80%

of moderate-risk gamblers gambled in the previous month.

96%

of people experiencing problem gambling gambled in the previous month.

How much money did you lose on gambling in the past month?

Almost half those surveyed had either won or not spent money on gambling in the previous month.

Among those who could recall their monthly gambling spend, around one in 20 had lost more than $100 in the previous month, with men almost twice as likely to have done so.

More than half (59.1 per cent) of those experiencing problem gambling had lost more than $100 in the previous month. More than a quarter (27.1 per cent) of moderate-risk gamblers had lost more than $100 in the same period.


1 in 20

Victorians lost more than $100 gambling in the previous month.


59%

of those experiencing problem gambling lost more than $100 in the previous month.

Do you set and stick to limits when you gamble?

83%

of Victorians who gamble set financial limits on most or all of their gambling.

43%

of Victorians who gamble set time limits on most or all of their gambling.

Financial limits

While most Victorians who gamble set financial limits, one in 10 never sets financial limits.

People aged 35 to 54 are less likely to set financial limits on all or most gambling occasions compared to other age groups.

Non-problem and low-risk gamblers are more likely to set financial limits than moderate-risk gamblers and those experiencing problem gambling.

One in four people experiencing problem gambling never sets financial limits.

More than three-quarters (76.5 per cent) of non-problem gamblers and around half (50.4 per cent) of low-risk gamblers never gamble over their financial limit. In contrast, 19.1 per cent of moderate-risk gamblers and 4.8 per cent of people experiencing problem gambling report never gambling over their financial limit.

Time limits

Of Victorians who gamble, 42.5 per cent never set time limits and 45.6 per cent set time limits every time or most times they gamble.

People aged 55 and over are more likely to set time limits on all or most gambling occasions compared to those aged 18 to 54.

Non-problem gamblers are more likely to set time limits every time or most times they gamble than those at higher risk of problem gambling.

People aged 18 to 34 are more likely to gamble over their time limit than other age groups.

People experiencing problem gambling are more likely to gamble over their time limit on all or most gambling occasions than those at risk of developing problems.

69%

of people who set financial limits report never gambling over their limit.

54%

of people who set time limits report never gambling over their limit.

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

The YourPlay system helps people keep track of the time and money they spend on pokies, and to set limits if they choose.

Find out what survey participants thought about responsible gambling.

Read more about how the community attitudes survey was conducted.

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