Community benefits claimed by licensed clubs operating in the ACT

Charles Livingstone, Louise Francis, Maggie Johnson

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Current arrangements permit licensed clubs operating electronic gambling machines (EGMs) in the ACT are required to annually donate a prescribed amount to benefit the ACT community. However, the categories of donation are very broad, the system is opaque, and a significant proportion of the amount claimed as donations effectively relate to clubs donating to themselves. Elite sport is heavily favoured by such donations. Further, the harm associated with gambling in the ACT is significant, and not restricted to 'problem gamblers'. The study found that gambling related harms are of the same order of magnitude as alcohol abuse and misuse, and on a par with major mental illness.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherFARE Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education
Commissioning bodyFoundation for Alcohol Research and Education
Number of pages45
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2017


  • Gambling
  • EGM
  • Policy
  • harm

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