The aim of this study was to update and expand upon a previous study in 2014 and evaluate how the interactive gambling environment has changed since that time.
The report used a multi-stage approach to examine interactive gambling. A literature review, environmental scan, national telephone survey, national online survey of gamblers, longitudinal cohort study, interviews with online gamblers, and a compilation of gambling help service data.
The primary study finding was that the estimated prevalence of interactive gambling has more than doubled in the past eight years to 17.5 per cent of the Australian adult population and is most popular amongst men aged 20-49 years. Nearly one-third of all gamblers are estimated to now engage in online gambling, with continued growth expected.
The study was led by researchers at Central Queensland University.