New South Wales to Conduct New Gambling Study

Prevalence of gambling and problem gambling subject of the study

A researcher’s tender has been called by the NSW Government's Minister for Gaming and Racing, Kevin Greene, in order to conduct a study about the prevalence of gambling and problem gambling in New South Wales. The funding of the survey in the amount of up to AUS $250 000 will be provided by the Responsible Gambling Fund, and in it at least 10 000 people will be interviewed about their gambling habits over the previous 12 months.

Some of the topics of the study will cover the effect of technology such as online gambling and the easy access afforded by mobile phones, other hand-held devices and laptops, and it will also use the Canadian Problem Gambling Index.

ACNielsen conducted the previous research study, completed in 2006 with 5000 respondents, and in order to provide a precise comparison, the same methodology will be used to conduct this one.

Based on the 2006 survey, 64.5 percent of the adult population were non-problem gamblers, 31percent didn't gamble at all, 1.6 percent were at moderate risk of become problem gamblers and 0.8 percent were problem gamblers.

The new survey should begin in the first trimester of 2011, and the results should be known by the fourth quarter of 2011.

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