Title

Evaluating implementation of the voluntary responsible gambling code of practice in Queensland, Australia

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Breen, H, Buultjens, J & Hing, N 2005, 'Evaluating implementation of the voluntary responsible gambling code of practice in Queensland, Australia', Newscan: Responsible Gambling Council Ontario, vol. 7, no. 31, pp15-25.

Abstract

This study investigated levels of implementation and perceptions of adequacy of the volun-tary Queensland Responsible Gambling Code of Practice with thirty managers and staff in selected casinos, hotels and licensed clubs in three regions in Queensland. This particular paper examines those factors that act as facilitators of, and impediments to, implementation of the Code and reflects on how organization size has influenced implementation of the Code. Using a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods, venues with small gaming in-stallations had a lower implementation rate (56%) of the Code’s practices than venues with large gaming installations (85%). Facilitators included: adequate staff training and educa-tion; industry association membership; understanding of the philosophy of the Code; ap-propriate support materials; legislative overlap; prior experience with responsible gambling; regular audits; and links to community support networks. In contrast, impediments in-cluded: high staff turnover; managerial apathy; remote location; and being a busy small business manager.