The GRA research program underwent an internal review in late 2006. GRA agreed that some projects from the original 2004-08 Research Plan (the Plan) will not be progressed and will be replaced with projects of more relevance to the gambling issues facing governments today.
Since the creation of the Plan a number of studies have been undertaken in both Australian jurisdictions and internationally that are of a similar nature to those proposed under the Plan. In reviewing the outstanding projects from the Plan, consideration was given to the contextual changes that have occurred since it was developed and also to the new and changing technologies being introduced into the gambling environment.
All GRA research is based on the six priority areas nominated by the Ministerial Council on Gambling. These are:
- National approach to definitions of problem gambling and consistent data collection;
- Feasibility and consequences of changes to gaming machine operation such as pre-commitment of loss limits, phasing out note-acceptors, imposition of mandatory breaks in play and the impact of linked jackpots;
- Best approaches to early intervention and prevention to avoid problem gambling;
- Major study of problem gamblers, including their profile, attitudes, gambling behaviour and the impact of proposed policy measures on them;
- Benchmarks and on-going monitoring studies to measure the impact and effectiveness of strategies introduced to reduce the extent and impact of problem gambling, including studies of services that assist problem gamblers and how effective these services are;
- To research patterns of gambling and consider strategies for harm reduction in specific communities and populations, such as Indigenous, rural, remote or culturally and linguistically diverse communities, young people or older people.
and any areas that the Ministerial Council on Gambling may approve from time to time.