July 1, 2021

Michael Ferguson, Minister of Finance

Gambling in Tasmania has continued to decline according to the latest Social and Economic Impact Assessment (SEIS) released today.

The Tasmanian Liberal government has put in place important measures to reduce problem gambling in our state and we welcome today’s report which confirms that these measures are working as intended.

The 5th SEIS on Gambling in Tasmania found that the prevalence of gambling in our state continued to decline from 71.7% in 2008 to 58.5% in 2017 and stood at 47% in 2020.

The report shows that the most common gambling activity in Tasmania was lottery tickets with 37% of adult Tasmanians participating, followed by Keno (17%), instant scratchies (11%) and electronic gaming machines (9 %).

This government understands that problem gambling is a serious problem and the 5th SEIS report finds that in 2020, about 0.4% of adult Tasmanians were classified as problem gamblers based on the Problem Gambling Severity Index, compared to 0 , 6% in the 4th SEIS.

According to the 5th SEIS, EGM spending has also declined by 15% since the 4th SEIS to $ 174 million, from $ 204 million.

Tasmania has the lowest per capita gambling spending of any state, at $ 733 per adult, compared to an Australian average of $ 1,277.

The work of the Independent Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Tasmania is recognized in developing the state’s primary damage minimization strategy.

The Tasmanian Liberal government will continue to take action to minimize the damage caused by gambling and support problem gamblers.

Please see the link to the report: https://www.treasury.tas.gov.au/liquor-and-gaming/gambling/reduce-harm-from-gambling/social-and-economic-impact-studies

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