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Gambling in Victoria


Community attitudes survey 2018: What is responsible gambling?

Around eight in ten Victorians believe responsible gambling means understanding the risks of gambling, exercising control over gambling, being aware of the likelihood of losing, and ensuring your gambling does not cause problems for yourself or others.

More than two-thirds agree responsible gambling means keeping gambling in balance with other activities. More than half agree it means only gambling for pleasure and entertainment.

Around one in eight thinks responsible gambling means only gambling when you feel lucky or only gambling using tips from experts. Almost one in 10 thinks it means only gambling using poker machines with the highest payout.

According to participants of our 2018 survey, responsible gambling means:

  1. exercising control over your gambling (81.1 per cent)
  2. understanding the risks associated with gambling (82.9 per cent)
  3. being aware of the likelihood of losing at gambling (81.5 per cent)
  4. ensuring your gambling is not causing problems for yourself or others (80.9 per cent)
  5. keeping gambling in balance with other activities in your life (71.1 per cent)
  6. only gambling for pleasure and entertainment (55.6 per cent)
  7. only gambling using tips from the experts (13.5 per cent)
  8. only gambling when you feel lucky (12.5 per cent)
  9. only gambling using poker machines with the highest payout (8.9 per cent).


8 in 10

Victorians think responsible gambling means exercising control over your gambling.


1 in 10

Victorians think responsible gambling means only using pokies with the highest payout.

Compared to non-problem gamblers, people experiencing problem gambling are:

  • 3.5 times more likely to endorse only gambling when you feel lucky
  • 4.9 times more likely to endorse only using poker machines with the highest payout
  • 3.2 times more likely to endorse only gambling using tips from experts.

Gambling responsibly means gambling how often?

About two-fifths (40.6 per cent) of Victorians believe you can gamble as often as you like as long as you don’t go over your time and money limits. Young Victorians aged 18 to 34 (30.9 per cent) are less likely to agree with this.

Men are more likely than women to believe responsible gambling can occur on a weekly or more frequent basis.


4 in 10

Victorians think gambling less than once a month is responsible gambling.


1 in 10

Victorians think gambling weekly or more frequently is responsible gambling.

Gambling responsibly means spending how much money?

More than half the Victorian community (59 per cent) believe spending one per cent or less of annual income on gambling to be responsible. A further 31.5 per cent believe spending between two and five per cent of annual income on gambling to be responsible.

About two-thirds (65.4 per cent) of people aged 55 and over believe responsible gambling means spending one per cent or less of annual income on gambling, while more than half of those aged 18 to 54 believe this to be the case.

Women (64.7 per cent) are also more likely than men (53.1 per cent) to consider spending one per cent or less of annual income on gambling to be responsible gambling.

More than half (58.7 per cent) of those experiencing problem gambling believe spending more than five per cent of annual income on gambling to be responsible, as does more than a quarter (27.4 per cent) of moderate-risk gamblers.

Non-gamblers, non-problem gamblers and low-risk gamblers are more likely than moderate-risk gamblers and those experiencing problem gambling to endorse spending one per cent or less of annual income on gambling.


$10

58% of Victorians think spending $10 or less a week is responsible gambling.


$11–20

18% of Victorians think spending $11–20 a week is responsible gambling.


$50

5% of Victorians think spending $50+ a week is responsible gambling.

Men and people aged 18 to 34 are less likely to believe responsible gambling means spending $10 or less a week on gambling.

Non-gamblers, non-problem gamblers and low-risk gamblers are generally more likely to endorse spending $10 or less a week on gambling compared to those at moderate risk and people experiencing problem gambling.

Moderate-risk gamblers and people experiencing problem gambling are more likely to believe spending $50 or more a week is responsible.

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

The 2016 Foundation-funded study Behavioural indicators of responsible gambling consumption identified 61 responsible consumption of gambling behaviours.

Another Foundation-funded study investigated the kinds of limits (frequency, expenditure) that may help reduce the risk of harm from gambling. Read the findings in the 2018 report on the development of empirically derived Australian responsible gambling limits.

Read more about how the community attitudes survey was conducted.

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