The size and growth of the Northern Territory’s Gambling Industry

Anthony Barnes, Matthew Stevens, Maren Thoss, Andrew Taylor

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Abstract

In early 2016 there were a number of reports in Northern Territory and national media referring to increases in Northern Territory gambling and/or changes in regulations relating to gambling in the Northern Territory. These reports occurred at a time when the authors were engaged in analysing the results of a large prevalence survey of gambling activities and associated harms in the Northern Territory adult population. In order to provide a context for the interpretation of those results it was necessary to undertake summary analyses of some key financial indicators measuring flows of money associated with the Northern Territory’s gambling industry. Preliminary analyses of these data indicated large increases had occurred since the time of the previous Territory gambling prevalence survey in 2005. These increases did not occur uniformly across all types of gambling, with little or no change in some types of gambling but very large increases in other types. The combination of recent media interest, substantial but selective increases in some areas, along with a broad but incomplete public awareness of the growth in the Northern Territory-based online wagering industry stimulated the authors to undertake the analyses reported here.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDarwin
PublisherNorthern Institute
Number of pages48
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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