Centre for Gambling Research

Centre for Gambling Research


Our objectives

CGR strives for excellence in the production and dissemination of evidence-based, multi-disciplinary gambling research. CGR seeks to promote and engage in rigorous academic debate and to inform policy and public discourse around gambling, gambling harm and the broader community impacts. We are committed to building collaborative research partnerships between a range of stakeholders and with other research institutions.

Our research

CGR has a broad range of research expertise, including: 

  • Evaluation of gambling policy and programs
  • Social and economic impacts of gambling in Australian society
  • Survey design, data collection and analysis
  • Public health and health promotion 
  • Gambling and gambling impacts on diverse and vulnerable population groups
  • Qualitative, quantitative and experimental research methodologies

Our history

Founded in 2002, CGR is one of the longest standing gambling research centre’s in Australia. CGR was established as an innovative partnership between the Australian National University and the Australian Capital Territory Gambling and Racing Commission. Since 2017, CGR sits within the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods.

Our projects

Targeting interventions for problem gambling in the ACT

Most individuals with gambling problems do not get formal help. This research will develop a set of practical and acceptable strategies for approaching gamblers, so that people experiencing problems might best be directed to assistance.

The Client Longitudinal Study

A study looking at client pathways to, through and beyond gambling counselling services. The study will aim to recruit up to 800 gambler clients and 120 family member clients and interview them at different stages of counselling. This research will give us a better understanding of the experiences of people going through gambling services and provide practical and useful information for service providers and their clients.

Gambling expenditure in the ACT

Two reports on gambling expenditure in the ACT (2009 and 2014) are available for download. In 2014, people with gambling problems accounted for nearly half of all ACT losses. Overall, the reports found that gambling revenue is not drawn equally from groups in the community.

Download the reports: 2014 Report (PDF 3.08 MB)     2009 Report (PDF 2.22 MB)

Gambling in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory

Gambling is an issue that is increasingly reported, both anecdotally and through research, as having significant negative impacts on Indigenous individuals, families and communities in the Northern Territory. Rates of gambling problems are much higher in the Indigenous population compared to the non-Indigenous population. Further information is available on the Gambling in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory page.

Evaluation of the Northern Territory Code of Practice for Responsible Gambling

The Northern Territory Code of Practice for Responsible Gambling is a mandatory code designed to guide best practice in the provision of responsible gambling practices by gambling operators in the NT. The Code was mandated in 2006 and subjected to revision in 2015. Gambling providers in the NT are required to demonstrate implementation and compliance with the Code and keep appropriate records to achieve the stated outcomes.

Some examples of the Responsible Gambling harm-minimisation measures include the provision of information (e.g. signs and pamphlets detailing responsible gambling messages), on-going training for staff, self-exclusion programs, locations of ATMs and ensuring minors are prohibited from gambling. The Centre for Gambling Research is conducting a three stage evaluation of the Northern Territory Code of Practice for Responsible Gambling, with a particular focus on venue compliance and venue staff training.


Dr Marisa Fogarty: marisa.fogarty@anu.edu.au


Dr Marisa Fogarty

Dr Marisa Fogarty


Centre for Gambling Research

Centre for Social Research and Methods


+61 2 6125 1964


Ms Charlotte Boyer

Ms Charlotte Boyer

Senior Research Officer

Centre for Gambling Research

Centre for Social Research and Methods

Beryl Rawson Building (13)


(02) 61257476

Megan Whitty

Megan Whitty

Research Officer

Centre for Gambling Research

Centre for Social Research and Methods


Updated:  1 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Centre Director/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications