Friday, August 17th, 2012
he percentage of Australians who have gambled in the last 12 months has fallen to 62% according to the June 2012 results of the Roy Morgan Gambling Monitor, down from 76% a decade ago in December 2002.
In June 2012, 53% of Australians had bought a lottery or scratch ticket in the past 12 months, down from 67% in December 2002. A quarter of Australians had played poker machines in the last 12 months (25%), down from 37% in December 2002. 

For the other forms of gambling, 21% of Australians had placed a bet in the last 12 months, 9% had played Keno, and 4% had played casino table games at a casino.

Types of Gambling in which Participated (last 12 months)

Source: Roy Morgan Single Source, January 2002 – June 2012, average annual sample n=21,032.

Jane Ianniello, Roy Morgan Research International Director of Tourism, Travel & Leisure, says:
“The Roy Morgan Gambling Monitor shows a gradual decline over the past decade in gambling participation by Australians.  All forms of gambling have become less popular, with poker machines showing the steepest decline. Less Australians are going out to drink at licensed venues such as clubs and pubs, thus reducing their exposure to poker machines. In addition, visitation to newsagents has declined, which has affected spur-of-the-moment purchases of lottery and scratch tickets.
“Betting has shown the least decline of all forms of gambling, especially in recent years.  The decline in patronage of TAB outlets and on course betting has been partly offset by the growing popularity of Internet betting, with 3% of Australians using the internet to place a bet in the last 12 months.

“Given the general decline in gambling participation by Australians it is not surprising that annual gambling expenditure has fallen from $20.2 billion in December 2002 to $17.7 billion in June 2012.”

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