Current projects

Current projects

The Centre for Gambling Research conducts a diverse range of projects.  Some of the larger projects are outlined below. 

We also provide regular project updates and content on social media:

Facebook: @centreforgamblingresearch

Twitter: @ANU_CGR

2019 ACT Gambling Survey

The ACT Gambling Survey is a large telephone survey run every 5 years to assist the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission’s monitoring of the social and economic impacts of gambling in the ACT.

This project is funded by the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission. 

For project website see 2019 ACT Gambling Survey

Gambling Support Study

This project will investigate the extent and type of gambling harm partners of people with gambling problems experience and assess their service needs. The aim is to develop an evidence based digital infographic for support network use. The primary outcome being to attract female clients to engage with relevant services.

 We expect that this research will improve understandings of how females experience indirect harms from gambling and are affected by a significant others gambling. We hope that this understanding will provide better information to service providers on how to create greater awareness of relevant services. This will ultimately lead to increased numbers of women seeking appropriate support.

If you have any questions about this project, or are interested in participating, please contact the Project Manager, Megan Whitty at, or call on (02) 612 57679 or visit the Facebook Project Page @ Gambling Support Study.

The NSW Government Responsible Gambling 2019 Grants Program funds this research.

Partners in the project include: Relationships Australia, Anglicare

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.

This project is a mixed-method evaluation of the Code of Practice. 

Contact ANU Centre for Gambling Research for further details

Read more on the Review of NT Code of PRactice for Responsible Gambling

Gambling in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory (NT Gambling Project)

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.

The project pilots a health promotion initiative in three remote Indigenous communities in the NT.  The health promotion activity is then evaluated. 

The project is funded by the Northern Territory Government. 

Partners in the project include: Amity Community Services Inc., Menzies School of Health Research

Further information is available on the NT Gambling Project page.

Gambling and the Australian Defence Force: Understanding history, culture and gambling harm

Currently there is no research evidence of the level of gambling harm amongst Australian Defence Force personnel. There are two main parts to this project:

  1. to conduct an extensive literature review and Australian and International literature;
  2. to develop an animation based on the review to highlight evidence gaps.

This research is funded by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.

Talking about Aboriginal Gambling (TAG): Using technology to reduce gambling harm in NSW communities

This project is a partnership between the Australian National University, ThinkPlace, Menzies School of Health Research and the NSW Aboriginal Safe Gambling Service.

The project is funded by the NSW Government Office of Responsible Gambling.

The overarching aim of the research project is to demonstrate that community driven, well designed health promotion reduces the significant levels of harm caused by gambling in NSW Aboriginal communities. To demonstrate this, we will:

  • Work with NSW Aboriginal communities in a collaborative way to develop and build community capacity to address gambling harm;
  • Develop an online tool that applies health promotion principles through community led design and content creation to address gambling harm in NSW Aboriginal Communities;
  • Develop and implement a Randomized Control Trial (RCT) evaluative strategy to measure the impacts of using ICT health promotion to address gambling harms in the complex social and economic setting of NSW Aboriginal communities; and
  • Trial the use of technology and social media in community data collection as a component of the evaluation strategy.

Trajectories of social and economic factors in relation to problem gambling risk in Australia: A longitudinal analysis

This study of gambling risk in Australia makes use of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, the first nationally representative longitudinal study of households in Australia to track the lives of people and their experience with gambling and gambling related harm. 

For Working Paper see: HILDA Working Paper 9/2018

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.



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