The employment numbers used in Tasmania’s newly released Social and Economic Impact Study are inadequate and not accurate, according to the Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association
Tasmania, 18 January 2018: The Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association (ALNA) is concerned by the inaccurate methodology used to calculate employment in the lotteries sector in Tasmania, as released in the latest Social and Economic Impact Study into Gambling in Tasmania (2017).
The facts are that there are closer to 500 Tasmanians working in the lottery sector in Tasmania not the 12.5 (FTE) stated in this report.
In 2017 there were 92 small businesses selling lottery products in Tasmania, representing around a 10% increase in sites since the first social and economic impact study was completed in 2008. Lottery turnover accounts for on average about 25-30% of total turnover in these small businesses.
However, the report continues to inadequately underestimate the number of Tasmanians employed in the industry and in local small businesses. The ALNA are concerned by the claim that only 12.5 people are employed in full time equivalent (FTE) capacity as a result of lotteries, when in fact the industry contributes significantly more to Tasmania in both employment and state tax revenues.
Ben Kearney, National Policy Manager, ALNA, explained, “Most of our member businesses have two owners working in the business, usually a husband and wife, working more than full time hours as they are usually open seven days and much longer hours than the working week, and they generally employ another 3 or more employees either in full-time or casual capacities. By head count this is closer to 500 employees in Tasmania, not the 12.5 (FTE) stated in this report.
“And even if you calculate on a full-time equivalent (FTE) basis, given that average lottery turnover accounts for about 25-30% of total turnover in these small businesses, the number of FTE employees attributable to lotteries would be around 100, not 12.5 as the report says.”
Unfortunately, the ALNA were not consulted on this number in the collation of the report, and the result is a completely inaccurate representation of the industry’s value to employment in Tasmania. The figures on employment attributable to lotteries in small businesses in Tasmania need to be reconsidered, and the ALNA would be happy to assist in the calculation of accurate figures.
“The Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association believes it is important to regularly assess the impact of industries on the community, and we welcome the broader report and any accurate findings that inform our industry on those impacts,” continued Mr Kearney.
The lotteries industry contributes over $30million annually in state lottery taxes in Tasmania and is highly regulated and regarded as low harm, unlike the online betting industry that is less regulated with the incidences of problem gambling three times higher than they are elsewhere. And it is important that it is represented and assessed correctly. Particularly when such data is used to inform policy and also impacts on confidence and jobs.
Australian Lottery and Newsagents’ Association (ALNA)
The Australian Lottery and Newsagents’ Association (ALNA) is the only national and non-profit, industry body specifically for Australian newsagencies and lottery agents. Representing a significant part of the Australian economy, ALNA works tirelessly to better its members businesses, and to ensure a secure future for newsagencies and lottery agents.