Northern Territory gambling prevalence survey 2005: final report

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Young, M, Abu-Duhou, I, Barnes, T, Creed, E, Morris, M, Stevens, M & Tyler, B 2006, Northern Territory gambling prevalence survey 2005, final report presented to the Community Benefit Fund of the Northern Territory Treasury, School for Social and Policy Research & School of Health Sciences, Darwin, NT. ISBN: 0975835696

Report available online at http://www.nt.gov.au/justice/policycoord/documents/cbf/Gambling_prevalence.pdf


This report presents the results of the Northern Territory’s first gambling prevalence survey. It describes the socio-demographic characteristics of gamblers, estimates the level of problem gambling using two measures, and identifies the key characteristics of problem gamblers, It also reports on a socio-spatial analysis of the number of poker machines and poker machine expenditure over the past decade. A “concentration effect” is identified in gaming venues that links increased rates of return per machine to an increased number of poker machines in gambling venues. The report also reveals that problem gamblers, who as a group only constitute approximately 1% of the population, account for nearly one-third of total expenditure on gambling in the NT.