SACES is dedicated to undertaking independent, evidence based research into the nature and impact of gambling. Through our staff and close working relationship with research associates from other disciplines including psychology, public health, social research and law, we offer expertise across a range of research areas.
In order to facilitate research and promote public discussion of gambling issues, the Centre has compiled a Gambling Portal which provides access to gambling research and information. The information and tools should prove useful to researchers, policy makers, gambling industry stakeholders and the general public.
The portal is composed of the a gambling database, important dates in respect of gambling in South Australia, a list of reports and related materials.
Gambling database (gaming machines)
The South Australian Centre for Economic Studies has developed a Gambling Database that provides regional level data on gaming machine activity in South Australian licensed venues (i.e. hotels and clubs but not the casino) in an easy to use format.
This information will be useful to researchers, local government, industry and the public in understanding the gambling environment in South Australia.
The database contains information on the number of machines and venues, net gambling revenue and taxation revenue for each region based on data provided by Consumer and Business Services (CBS). Relative estimates of these measures are also presented on a 'per adult' basis.
Regions are composed of individual and grouped Local Government Areas and are based on regional definitions used by CBS to publish its regional Gaming Machine Statistics.
Racing & wagering 1838 Adelaide's first race meeting 1879 South Australia introduces Australia's first on-course totalisator 1883 All gambling banned on Adelaide racetracks 1888 On-course totalisator re-introduced 1933 Off-course betting shop legalised 1946 Betting shops closed down 1967 Totalisator Agency Board (TAB) established for off-course betting 2002 SA TAB privatised Lotteries 1965 Referendum on State lottery receives majority vote in favour 1966 State Lotteries Act enacted by State Parliament 1966 Lotteries Commission for South Australia established 1967 First Lottery Commission tickets go on sale in South Australia 1978 Instant Money Games ("scratchies") launched 1981 SA Lotteries and agencies in Victoria and WA form Australian Lotto Bloc. 1984 Fully computerised betting system launched 1990 "Club Keno" introduced across the State Casino 1983 Casino Act enacted by State Parliament. 1985 Adelaide Casino opens 1991 Casino authorised to operate casino style electronic gaming machines 1993 Casino authorised to operate conventional electronic gaming machines 2000 Casino purchased by SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs) 1993 Gaming Machines Act enacted by State Parliament 1994 EGMs appear in hotels and clubs 2000 Government announces freeze on EGM numbers 2005 Trading system commences, with aim of reducing EGM numbers by 20% (3,000 machines)
Source: SA Centre for Economic Studies (2006), The South Australian Gambling Industry, and Australian Institute for Gambling Research (1999), Australian Gambling.
- Responsible Gambling and Casinos, prepared in conjunction with the School of Psychology (University of Adelaide) and ORC International Pty Ltd for Gambling Research Australia (2015).
- Social and Economic Impact Study into Gambling in Tasmania
The Prevalence Study, prepared in conjunction with the School of Psychology (University of Adelaide) with the assistance of Harrison Health Research (Adelaide) for the Department of Treasury and Finance (2008)
- The South Australian Gambling Industry
Incorporating Phase One: Profile of the Gambling Industry and Phase Two: Economic Impact of Gambling, prepared for the South Australian Independent Gambling Authority (2006).
- Impact of the Reduction in Gaming Machines in the Provincial Cities, prepared for the Provincial Cities Association of South Australia (2006).
- Problem Gambling and Harm: Towards a National Definition
Prepared in conjunction with the Department of Psychology, University of Adelaide, for the Ministerial Council for Gambling (2005).
- Study of the Impact of Caps on Electronic Gaming Machines
Prepared for the former Victorian Gambling Research Panel (2005).
- Community Impacts of Electronic Gaming Machine Gambling, prepared for the former Victorian Gambling Research Panel (2005)
- Changes in Wagering within the Racing Industry
Report prepared in conjunction with Swinburne Institute for Social Research and University of Western Sydney for the former Victorian Gambling Research Panel (2005).
- The Evaluation of Self-Exclusion Programs, prepared for the former Victorian Gambling Research Panel (2003)
- Measurement of Prevalence of Youth Problem gambling in Australia: Report on Review of Literature
Prepared for the Department of Families and Community Services (2003).
- Inquiry into Gaming Machine Numbers
Prepared for the Provincial Cities Association of South Australia and submitted to the Inquiry into the Management of Machine Numbers in South Australia conducted by the SA Independent Gambling Authority (2003).
- Supplementary Submission to the IGA Inquiry into the Management of Machine Numbers
Prepared for the Provincial Cities Association for South Australia, and submitted to the Inquiry into the Management of Machine Numbers in South Australia conducted by the SA Independent Gambling Authority (2003).
- The Impact of Gaming Machines on Small Regional Economies
Prepared for the Provincial Cities Association of South Australia (2001).
- Evidence and Social Policy: the case of gambling. Speech to Corporate Members by Gary Banks, AO, Chairman of the Productivity Commission (2011).
Statewide impact assessment
Client: State Treasury
Area of focus: Gambling
Overview: The Centre was commissioned by a State Treasury to analyse the economic, financial and social impact of the gambling industry within the state and to prepare recommendations to ensure consumer and player protection when gambling. This study followed two similar studies in other Australian states.
Community impacts of electronic gaming machine gambling
Client: Victorian Gambling Research Panel
Areas of focus: Gambling
Overview: The Centre was commissioned to consider the community impact of EGM gambling by comparing the starkly different gambling environments that exist in Victoria and Western Australia. Relative differences in gambling expenditure, employment levels and problem gambling were analysed at the State level. Four matched regions in each State were also identified and compared for, inter alia, differences in community attitudes, participation in gaming, the change in local clubs, visits to local GPs, and use of ATMs in hotels and clubs. Regional level data was compiled from community surveys undertaken to assess attitudes and behaviours relevant to participating in gambling, supplemented by interviews with various stakeholders, the gambling industry, surveys of local GPs, financial counsellors and gambling counsellors.