A blueprint for preventing and minimising harm from electronic gambling machines in the ACT

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Abstract

The purpose of this report is to highlight issues with the current system of gambling regulation in the ACT, with particular reference to the regulation and operation of electronic gambling machines (EGMs). The ACT has a very high density of EGMs by Australian and world standards. The majority of gambling expenditure (i.e., losses by gamblers) is derived from EGM operations. This is true even taking into account on-line wagering. This means that the majority of harm experienced from gambling in the ACT is attributable to EGMs. The ACT Gambling & Racing Commission has indicated its alignment with a harm prevention and minimisation approach, using public health principles to guide this. At present, this approach has not been operationalised – that is, is has not yet filled out the details of what a gambling harm prevention and minimisation approach would entail. This report seeks to provide a range of options to support an active harm minimisation approach. The options outlined in this report are not exhaustive, but they are oriented towards those that can be achieved in the short to medium term. They provide a basis for focusing regulation on the prevention of harm.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCanberra ACT
PublisherCanberra Alliance for Gambling Reform - Anglicare ACT and Southern NSW
Commissioning bodyCanberra Alliance for Gambling Reform
Number of pages35
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

Keywords

  • Gambling
  • EGM
  • Reform
  • Regulation

Cite this

Livingstone, C. (2018). A blueprint for preventing and minimising harm from electronic gambling machines in the ACT. Canberra ACT: Canberra Alliance for Gambling Reform - Anglicare ACT and Southern NSW.