Analytical centre Australia Institute has published a report on the gambling industry in the nation. The authorities were worried as the report positions the gambling market as a “massive anomaly” – the population is very committed to slot machines. Particular attention is paid to slot machines installed in pubs and bars. Lately, online gambling establishments received wide recognition from gamblers as well. It’s not surprising as they are very convenient and offer thousands of various titles. For example, customers can go to to place bets for real money from any place. However, it may be troublesome for people who can’t stop in time according to Australian authorities.

Australia has only 0.3% of the planet’s population but hosts 6% of the world’s standard slot machines and 18% of poker machines. As to the abundance of slot machines per person, Australia is on a level with the casino countries. Some regions of the nation have already started a war with this attitude towards slot machines. Tasmania recently made such an attempt.

  • The liberal portion of the Tasmanian administration requires to decrease the abundance of poker machines in the region by 5%.
  • The Green Party considers it necessary to remove them altogether. By 2023, 2,375 machines will be eliminated, leaving only 1,200 in casinos in Tasmania.
  • According to Labor leader Rebecca White, Tasmanians lost $ 110 million in slot machines in pubs and clubs over the past fiscal year. 
  • Economic modelling of the situation shows that half of this amount could create 180 new jobs in the region. 

According to the statement, only 241,000 thousand slot machines worldwide are established in non-gambling locations, with an immense number – 183,000 – in pubs and clubs in Australia.

Social and Personal Consequences

The Australian Productivity Commission found that every person who is a problem gambler affects between five and ten people. They include husbands, children and other family members, friends, employees and employers, as well as those with financial relationships. The financial stress, lies and arguments that can arise around problem gamblers put significant pressure on families.

One in ten Australian gamblers saying their behaviour has led to a breakdown, and one in ten of those who have consulted, led to domestic violence. In Australia, the problem of gambling is estimated at about 1,600 divorces a year. Decreased family stability and household income can also affect the children of problem gamblers, who may show behavioural problems and problems in school. 

Other studies support these findings. For example, children of problem gamblers have been found to have higher than usual drug use, more psychosocial problems, and more problems at school than others. Problem gamblers’ wives report higher rates of depression, verbal and physical abuse, and attempted suicide.

When people are preoccupied with finding the time and money to play, their work lives tend to suffer. Although Australian evidence found that the consequences were relatively minor. 50% of serious problem gamblers in counselling reported losing time at work due to gambling. Most of those with less severe problems reported rarely wasting time at work.