The study investigates factors that correlate with gambling-related problems among the Indigenous population. There are significant variations between states and territories in the percentage of Indigenous people reporting gambling related problems for themselves or their family and social networks. It was undertaken by Matthew Stevens and Martin Young, Charles Darwin University.

The report conducts a literature review on gambling and Indigenous people, examines the extent to which gambling problems are related to the experience of negative life events (stresses), and identifies the independent correlates of reported gambling problems among the Indigenous population of Australia by jurisdiction and remoteness.

The significant correlates for the Indigenous population fall under the domains of regional, demographic socioeconomic, social networks, social and community safety and health.

In relation to the general Australian population, socio-economic variables were more important in the analyses with the variables of income, educational attainment and tenure type (home ownership) all having independent association with reported gambling problems.

The analyses conducted as part of this report constitutes the first empirical analysis of reported gamblin problems across Australia for the Indigenous population.

The report provides:

  • a demographic, social and economic profile of the Australian Indigenous population
  • a background to Indigenous gambling and findings from a literature review;
  • information on correlates of gambling related problems within the Australian Indigenous population; and
  • a discussion and conclusions section.