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Gamblers at risk and their help-seeking behaviour​ (PDF, 13.2MB)

​​This report investigates gamblers' formal and informal help seeking behaviour. The study found that there was a low overall awareness of the gambling help specific services by the respondents. Indigenous and CALD gamblers also revealed a low awareness of professional help overall.

Gambling and Young People in Australia ​(PDF, 850KB)

This report investigates the behaviour of young people and their gambling in an Australian context. 

International Student Gambling (PDF, 1.8MB)

This report investigates the gambling behaviour of international university students compared with domestic university students. It examines a range of psychological risk factors for gambling problems, compared major cultural groups, and examined help-seeking options for international students.

Correlates of Reported Gambling Problems (PDF, 308KB)

This report investigates gambling problems within Australia's Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities (CALD). 

Factors that Influence Gambler Adherence to Pre-Commitment Decisions​ (PDF, 2.2MB)

This report investigates the factors which influence gambler pre-commitment behaviour.​​


Representation of Gambling in English and Non-English Speaking Australian Media (PDF, 373KB)

This report investigates the media culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities are exposed to in terms of gambling.

Exploring Indigenous Gambling​ (PDF, 4.3MB)

This report investigates various aspects of Indigenous gambling and problem gambling in several locations and Indigenous communities in New South Wales and Queensland.

Children at Risk of Developing Problem Gambling (PDF, 1.7MB)

This report investigates the risk factors for the development of gambling problems in children who have a family member with a gambling problem​.

Influence of Venue Characteristics on a Player's Decision to Attend a Gambling Venue​ (PDF, 15.6MB)

This report investigates why people choose a particular venue for gambling activities and examines the influence of particular venue characteristics to gambling behaviour especially in relation to electronic gaming machines. 

A 20 Game Survey of Gaming Machine Volatility in NSW (PDF, 287KB)

This report describes a novel method to categorise game volatility, and the method is then used to look for commonality between the reinforcement schedules of ten popular games in NSW and ten games which are less popular games.

Gambling Module: NSW Population Health Survey 2008-2009 (PDF, 3.6MB)

ln 2008 and 2009, the target population for the New South Wales Population Health Survey was all residents living in households with private telephones. 

The Definition and Predictors of Relapse in Problem Gambling ​(PDF, 3.8MB)

This report the predictors of relapse and proposes a model of relapse in problem gambling.

Analysis of Australian Gambling Research Studies (PDF, 834KB)

This report provides a comprehensive summary of the Australian gambling literature derived from 1992 to June 2008 with an emphasis on material produced in the period 2003-2008.​​​​​


​​A Community Study – Employment Status and Gambling Pursuits in Greater Western Sydney​ (PDF, 3.9MB)

The report explores the employment status and social recreational gambling pursuits in an urban community environment, with a focus on the relationship between residents' social environment and their leisure activities; the significance of access to local community recreational gambling venues; and the importance of employment status in relation to gambling activities. 


Evaluation of the Six-Hour Shutdown of Electronic Gaming Machines in NSW (PDF, 1.2MB)

This report investigates the effectiveness of the 6 hour shutdown period in minimising the harm caused by problem gambling.​

Needs Analysis of Problem Gambling Counselling Services for NSW CALD Communities​ (PDF, 3.1MB)

Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia (CIRCA)
December 2008

Needs Analysis of Specialist Support Services for Problem Gambling Counselling in NSW (PDF, 3.1MB)
This report presents key findings of a comprehensive needs analysis of specialist support services for problem gambling counselling in NSW.​


Pressing Problems – Gambling Issues and Responses for NSW Aboriginal Communities (PDF, 3.4MB)

This report explores the issue of gambling in a NSW Aboriginal community context to identify and characterise existing responses with the aim to inform the development of future directions and ways forward for action to prevent and alleviate gambling related problems and harms for Aboriginal people in NSW. ​

Prevalence of Gambling and Problem Gambling in NSW – A Community Survey 2006 (PDF, 1.1MB)
March 2007​


​​Review of the Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Service (PDF, 185KB)

This report identifies best practice strategies in assessment, intervention and delivery of services to people with cognitive disability who have a gambling problem or are at risk of having a gambling problem.


​​Gambling: Promoting a Culture of Responsibility – Consequential Report on Governance Structures (PDF, 278KB)

This report investigates the effectiveness of current governance arrangements in relation to the delivery of problem gambling policy and programs. The review is also to report on changes to ensure better co-ordination of policy development in this area.


Explaining the Attraction of Poker Machines – Cognition or Conditioning? (PDF, 117KB)

This report investigates the extent to which poker machine players choose the 'gamble' option and make stage 2 bets.

Comparing Changes in Erroneous Beliefs/Perceptions, Subjective Arousal and Heart Rate between Cognitive Therapy and Imaginal Desensitisation in the Treatment of Pathological Gambling (PDF, 354KB)
This report investigated the effect of cognitive therapy and imaginal desensitisation (relaxation-based technique) treatments and their therapeutic effect through common modes of action, either altering distorted cognitions or reducing arousal for pathological gambling.

Gambling: Promoting a Culture of Responsibility (PDF, 1.5MB)
This report explains the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal's review, findings and recommendations in regards to the NSW gambling industry in detail.

The Identification of Near Misses in Electronic Gaming Machines and its Effect on Gambling Behaviour (PDF, 297KB)

Problem Gamblers Receiving Counselling or Treatment in NSW – Eighth Survey
​(PDF, 980KB)

This report investigates the number of people seeking help for problem gambling; demographic information on problem gamblers in counselling; and the current assessment procedures, treatment methods, and evaluation methods currently used for problem gambling. ​​​

Withdrawal and Tolerance Phenomenon in Problem Gambling ​(PDF, 153KB)
This report compares and contrasts tolerance and withdrawal features in samples of gamblers and alcoholics as a preliminary attempt to test the addictions model of pathological gambling.


Assessment of Member Awareness, Perceived Adequacy and Perceived Effectiveness of Responsible Gambling Strategies in Sydney Clubs (PDF, 642KB)

This report investigates club members' awareness, perceived adequacy and perceived effectiveness of responsible gambling strategies in Sydney clubs, following the enactment of the responsible gambling legislation. 

Assessment of the Research on Technical Modifications to Electronic Gaming Machines​ in NSW, Australia​ (PDF, 283KB)

This report reviews two research reports produced by the University of Sydney Gambling Research Unit and the Centre for International Economics. The research projects investigated the impact of the proposed modifications to the operation of gaming machines on players and gaming venue revenue.

Economic Impact of Gambling (PDF, 6.12MB)

This report investigates and compares levels of gambling expenditure in the states and territories of Australia and assesses the economic impact of gambling in Victoria.

Evaluation of the​ Impa​ct of the Three-Hour Shutdown of Gaming Machines (PDF, 283KB)

This report investigates the impact of the three hour shutdown of gaming machines, specifically the impact on problem gambling, recreational gamblers, venues and the wider community.​

Problem Gamblers Receiving Counselling or Treatment in New South Wales – Seventh Survey (PDF, 1.9MB)

This report presents the results of the seventh annual survey of counsellors providing services for problem gamblers. 

Psychological Causes of Problem Gambling - A Longitudinal Study of At-Risk Recre​ational EGM Players (PDF, 12.7MB)

This report investigates the psychological predictors of impaired control over gambling.​​

Testing of Harm M​inimi​sation Messages for Gaming Machines​ (PDF, 815KB)

This report investigates the potential impact and effectiveness of a series of ten harm minimisation based messages on gambling behaviour.


Attention Deficit Disorder as a Risk Factor for Problem Gambling in Adolescents (PDF, 205KB)

This report investigates the prevalence and nature of gambling in samples of adolescents and young adults with a diagnosis of ADHD compared to a non-clinical group drawn from schools.

Gambling and Criminal Behaviour – An Analysis of Local and District Court Files (PDF, 1.17MB)
This report presents existing research on the relationship between gambling and crime. 

Losing What You Win – The Relationship Between Lump Sum Workers Compensation Payments, Social Security Preclusion Periods and Gambling (PDF, 1.93MB)
This report examines the relationship between lump sum workers compensations payments, social security preclusions and gambling. 

Problem Gamblers Receiving Counselling or Treatment in New South Wales – Sixth Survey (PDF, 188KB)
This report presents the results of the sixth annual survey of counsellors providing services for problem gamblers.​


Comparison of the Treatment Effectiveness of Three Therapies for Problem Gambli​ng​ (PDF, 61​KB)

The proposed study involved problem gamblers being randomly allocated to one of three treatment groups: cognitive therapy (CT), GMAP counselling, or a self-help manual and compared.

Gambling and Crime Resear​ch Project ​(PDF, 2.9MB)

This report investigates gambling related crime in NSW between 1996 and 1999.

Impact Study into C​umulative Effects of Drug, Alcohol and Gambling Abuse on Families and Individuals in the Southern Shoalhaven (PDF, 4.4MB)

This report investigates the social costs of gambling, alcohol and substance abuse upon the individuals and communities within the southern Shoalhaven area of NSW. ​

Problem Gamblers R​eceiving Counselling or Treatment in New South Wales – Fifth Survey (PDF, 87KB​)

This report presents the results of the fifth annual survey of counsellors providing services for problem gamblers.

Problem Drinking/Problem Gambling – A Study of Co-morbid Individuals in NS​W​ (PDF, 2.3MB)

This report investigates the proportion of problem drinkers who are problem gamblers and the proportion of problem gamblers that are problem drinkers in order to define a population that could benefit from intervention or treatment.​​​


Evaluation of the Effectiveness of a Treatment Program for Pathological Gambl​ers (PDF, 1.9MB)

This report investigates an inpatient and outpatient clinical research service for problem gamblers in the geographical region of metropolitan Sydney covered by the South Western Sydney Area Health Service. 

Gambling Problems in a Multicultural Society​ (PDF, 49KB)

This report investigates the implications of cultural factors in the management of problem gambling among ethnic populations.

Impact of the Sydney Casino on the Social Composition and Residential Amenity of the Residents of Pyrmont Ultimo
Part 1 (PDF, 2.0MB)
Part 2 (PDF, 2.3MB)
Part 3 (PDF, 4.2MB)
This report integrates and synthesises the findings of previous studies and most recent work including further interviews, a postal survey and a more detailed history of the peninsula as a framework for observations.

Problem Gamblers Receiving ​Counselling or Treatment in New South Wales – Fourth Survey ​(PDF, 96KB)

This report presents the results of the fourth annual survey of counsellors providing services for problem gamblers.

Youth Gambling in​ New South Wales​​ (PDF, 2.93MB)

Robyn Maddern and Mark Dickerson
For the School of Psychology, University of Western Sydney
July 2000.


​​An Examination of the Socio-Economic Effects of Gambling on Individuals, Families and the Community, including Research into the Costs of Problem Gambling (Study 2 Update) 

Part 1 (PDF, 2.3MB)
Part 2 (PDF, 1.4MB)
Australian Institute for Gambling Research
June 1998

Problem Gamblers Receiving Counselling or Treatment in New South Wales –  Second Survey (PDF, 830KB) 
Michael Walker
September 1998


​​Evaluating the Current and Future Adequacy of Services for Problem Gamblers in Sydney – Part 1 (PDF, 1.5MB)

Evaluating the Current and Future Adequacy of Services for Problem Gamblers in Sydney – Part 2 (PDF, 1.6MB)
Gary Prosser, Helen Breen, Paul Weeks and Nerilee Hing
For Southern Cross University
June 1997

Poker Machine Playing and Problem Gambling Amongst Members of Sydney's Registered Clubs
Part 1 (PDF, 2.8MB)
Part 2 (PDF, 2.6MB)
Part 3 (PDF, 2.9MB)
Gary Prosser, Helen Breen, Paul Weeks and Nerilee Hing
Southern Cross University
April 1997

Problem Gamblers Receiving Counselling or Treatment in New South Wales – Baseline Survey (PDF, 49KB)
Michael Walker
August 1997

Young People, Gambling and the Internet – Part 1 (PDF, 1.2MB)
Young People, Gambling and the Internet – Part 2 (PDF, 1.5MB)
Young People, Gambling and the Internet – Part 3 (PDF, 666KB)
Australian Council of Social Service


Preliminary Exploration of the Positive and Negative Impacts of Gambling and Wagering on Aboriginal People in Australia (PDF, 1.2MB)

Mark Dickerson, Clive Allcock, Alex Blaszczynski, Barry Nicholls, John Williams, Robyn Maddern
February 1996

Study 2 – An Examination of the Socio-economic Effects of Gambling on Individuals, Families and the Community, including Research into the Costs of Problem Gambling in NSW (PDF, 2.2MB)
Mark Dickerson, Clive Allcock, Alex Blaszczynski, Barry Nicolls, John Williams, and Robyn Maddern
Australian Institute for Gambling Research, University of Western Sydney, Macarthur
January 1996

Socio-Demographic Characteristics of Resident Populations Supporting Poker Machine Playing in Sydney's Registered Clubs
Part 1 (PDF, 1.6MB)
Part 2 (PDF, 1​.5MB)
Part 3 (PDF, 490KB)
Part 4 (PDF, 560 KB)
Part 5 (PDF, 701 KB)
Gary Prosser, Helen Breen, Paul Weeks and Nerilee Hing
Southern Cross University
September 1996​​


​​Study 1 [A scan of problem gambling-related services etc. in NSW] – Part 1 (PDF, 2.2MB)

Study 1 [A scan of problem gambling-related services etc. in NSW] – Part 2 (PDF, 332KB)
Keys Young
November 1995​​