Internet gambling under microscope

RESEARCHERS from Southern Cross University have launched an online survey aimed at understanding internet gambling behaviour in Australia.

SCU’s Dr Sally Gainsbury will collaborate with an international team to understand one of the fastest growing forms of gambling in Australia.

“My hope is that it will assist key stakeholders, including governments, regulators and gambling operators to develop appropriate policies to regulate internet gambling,” she said.

“My aim is that the results will give a clearer indication of the behaviour of gamblers and the participation rates in all forms of gambling.”

Two members of the research team, Professor Alex Blaszczynski of Sydney University and Nerilee Hing of SCU, were appointed to the Ministerial Expert Advisory Group on Gambling last year.

“The establishment of that group shows that there is increasing recognition from politicians, regulators, gambling operators and the community that we need to develop more knowledge about gambling and its prominence in society,” Dr Gainsbury said.

Anyone who has gambled in the past year can participate and the survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes. It’s available here.



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