National Gambling Reporting System (NGRS)

Past project

Proposal for a national gambling monitoring system to facilitate systematic, ongoing gambling data collection, analysis and dissemination in Australia

About the project 

A  National Gambling Reporting System (NGRS) is proposed to detect existing and emerging problems for regular Electronic Gambling Machine (EGM) gamblers, to act as an early warning system, and to monitor trends in EGM use and related harm over time. 

It is further intended to produce and disseminate information on gambling participation and associated harm among regular EGM gamblers. The NGRS is designed to provide ongoing, quality EGM gambling activity data in a timely manner. 

Proposed aims:

The overall aims of the NGRS are to: 

  • provide ongoing, detailed and systematic information on  participation among regular EGM gamblers at local, state and national levels; 
  • document risks and harms associated with participating in EGM activity;
  • detect and document new gambling trends and emerging problem areas of national significance that require further, timely and more detailed investigation; and,
  • determine priorities for action on gambling related harm prevention. 

The specific aims of the pilot study are to: 

  • determine the feasibility of providing detailed information on gambling participation (usage and expenditure) and related harm among regular EGM gamblers using a simple, cost-effective system; and, 
  • identify cost-effective methods to detect existing and emerging problems for regular EGM gamblers.

Proposed pilot study:

A pilot study was proposed to: 

  • determine the feasibility of providing detailed information on gambling participation (usage and expenditure) and related harm among regular EGM gamblers using a simple, cost-effective system; and,
  • identify cost-effective methods to detect existing and emerging problems for regular EGM gamblers

The proposed pilot NGRS consists of the following key components: 

  1. a survey of regular EGM gamblers; and, 
  2. a survey of professionals who have contact with regular gamblers (such as researchers, financial and therapeutic counselling services, community support agencies, social services, health, law enforcement, gambling industry staff representatives, and cultural representative groups). 

Data from the two sources would be triangulated to measure gambling participation and related harm estimates among EGM gamblers. 

Data collection instruments for the pilot have been developed. 

Researchers

Chebiwot Kipsaina
Research Fellow

Duration

Jan 2017 - June 2017

Related topics

Gambling support

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