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Centre for Gambling Research

Gambling expenditure in the ACT

Two reports on gambling expenditure in the ACT (2009 and 2014) are now available for download. In 2014, people with gambling problems accounted for nearly half of all ACT losses. Overall, the reports found that gambling revenue is not drawn equally from groups in the community.

Download the reports: 2014 Report (PDF 3.08 MB)     2009 Report (PDF 2.22 MB)


Welcome to the Centre for Gambling Research 

The Centre for Gambling Research (CGR) is the ANU’s primary centre for gambling research.  The Centre strives for excellence in the production and dissemination of evidence based, multidisciplinary gambling research.  The aim of the Centre is to engage in rigorous academic debate and inform policy and public discourse around gambling and broader community impacts. 

Research is undertaken with the goal of informing the direction of gambling related policy and service provision in Australia, as well as placing a significant emphasis on the dissemination of research findings to relevant stakeholders and the community more broadly.  The Centre is also committed to building collaborative research partnerships between other research institutes at the ANU, around Australia and internationally.

About Us:

The Centre was founded through an innovative partnership between the Australian National University and the Australian Capital Territory Gambling and Racing Commission. The Centre currently sits within the School of Sociology and is directed by Professor Bryan Rodgers.

Research direction:

The Centre for Gambling Research is committed to the development of expertise in the following areas:

  • The social and economic impacts of gambling in Australian society;
  • The development of prevention strategies, harm minisation measures and treatment of problem gamling;
  • Policy development and regulation of gambling;
  • The complexities of the gambling industry;
  • Community engagement and education initiatives on gambling; and
  • The impacts of gambling on Aboriginal communities.

Research Projects

Targeting interventions for problem gambling in the ACT

Most individuals with gambling problems do not get formal help. This research will develop a set of practical and acceptable strategies for approaching gamblers, so that people experiencing problems might best be directed to assistance.
Further information on this study.

GAMBLINGLESS  - Want to gamble less? And to do it on your own?

GAMBLINGLESS is a new and innovative online self-help program for gambling that is being evaluated by leading Australian clinical researchers.
To find out more about GAMBLINGLESS, jump online at or contact us at

The Client Longitudinal Study

We are currently conducting a research project looking at gambling services in the ACT and NSW for people seeking help for problems relating to their own gambling, or a family member’s gambling. The study will aim to recruit up to 800 gamblers and 120 family members of gamblers in the two states and interview them at different stages of treatment. This research will give us a better understanding of the experiences of people going through gambling services. Specifically it will help us determine how best to encourage people to seek help and stay in treatment.
Further information on the Client Longitudinal Study



Want to support gambling research? Please make a personal donation.
Learn more about donating to gambling research.


For enquires regarding corporate donations, please contact Dr Tanya Davidson.


For telephone support for gambling problems      
National Helpline for Problem Gambling (24 hours, 7 days):
1800 858 858

For online counselling, information and support
National Gambling Help Online (24 hours, 7 days)


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