Review of electronic gaming machine pre-commitment features

Review of electronic gaming machine pre-commitment features

Self-exclusion

Anna Thomas, Rachel Carson, Julie Deblaquiere, Andrew Armstrong, Sharnee Moore, Darren Christensen and Angela Rintoul

Research Report— March 2016
Review of electronic gaming machine pre-commitment features: Self-exclusion

Disclaimer

This study, while embodying the best efforts of the authors, is only an expression of the issues considered to be most relevant at the date of publication. The Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC), the authors and the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) do not guarantee or warrant the accuracy, reliability, completeness or currency of the information in this report. Readers are responsible for assessing the relevance and accuracy of the content of this report. The AGRC, the authors and AIFS will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred or arising by reason of any person using or relying on the information in this report.

This report was initially prepared in 2013 for submission to the then Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. It has since been edited for publication, using the data gathered in 2013.

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) was commissioned by the former Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) to research options for the introduction of electronic self-exclusion within a broader pre-commitment system. This report examines research evidence and opinions from regulators, academics, government officials and EGM venue operators relating to the optimum design of self-exclusion features within a pre-commitment system. The report provides analyses and options relating to applying self-exclusion features to EGMs as a consumer protection or harm minimisation measure.

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Authors and Acknowledgements

Anna Thomas is a Senior Research Fellow, Rachel Carson is a Research Fellow,  Julie Deblaquiere is a Senior Research Officer,  Andrew Armstrong is a Research Fellow, Sharnee Moore is a Research Fellow,  Darren Christensen was a Research Fellow and  Angela Rintoul is a Research Fellow with the Australian Gambling Research Centre at the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

This report was commissioned by the former Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), now the Department of Social Services.

The authors would like to acknowledge and thank the government, industry and academic professionals who participated in consultations as part of the review. We also wish to acknowledge our appreciation of the support and assistance provided by the staff at FaHCSIA who administered this project.

We thank the AIFS Publishing team for editing the report.

We would also like to thank Professor Alan Hayes AM, the then Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, for his expertise and support. Likewise we are grateful to Dr Daryl Higgins, Deputy Director (Research), for his advice and support during this project.

Cover photo: © iStockphoto/Alina Solovyova-Vincent

 

Publication details

Research Report
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, March 2016.
48 pp.
ISBN: 
978-1-76016-080-7
Suggested citation:

Thomas, A., Carson, R., Deblaquiere, J., Armstrong, A., Moore, S., Christensen, D., & Rintoul, A. (2016). Review of electronic gaming machine pre-commitment features: Self-exclusion. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

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