Gambling in Australia

Gambling in Australia

Commissioned report – September 2021

Gambling is a major public policy issue in Australia, affecting the health and wellbeing of individuals and families in a range of ways. An estimated 35% of Australian adults (6.5 million people) gambled in a typical month in 2018 and total annual gambling losses in Australia were estimated at around $25 billion.

This research summary draws on available data to describe:

  • the extent of gambling participation and expenditure in Australia
  • some of the impacts of gambling on health and wellbeing
  • how COVID restrictions affected gambling behaviour in 2020.

Access the full report on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) website.

Publication details

Commissioned report
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, September 2021

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