What is responsible gambling?

Today you can bet anywhere, anytime, on just about anything. With opportunities to gamble increasing, and advertising enticing us to gamble more frequently, spreading the word about how to gamble without harm, is becoming more important than ever. Responsible gambling is about the individual who gambles and the wider community.

Behavioural indicators of responsible gamblingBehavioural indicators of responsible gambling consumption

Led by Professor Nerilee Hing from Central Queensland University, this study identifies 61 responsible consumption of gambling behaviours, placed within seven categories, and provides a clear definition of responsible gambling.

Behavioural indicators of responsible gambling consumption (PDF - 5741.4 KB)

Responsible gambling - past, present futureBackground paper - Responsible gambling: past, present and future

This paper explores the ways responsible gambling has been defined, as well as current discussions around the use of the term. It examines the most up-to-date research on how to promote responsible gambling, and considers how new research on gambling harm may influence our understanding of responsible gambling.

Responsible gambling: past, present and future (PDF - 1118.4 KB)

What does responsible gambling mean for you?

  • You may gamble for entertainment, but are aware of your likelihood of losing and understand the associated risks.
  • You're in control of your gambling activity.
  • Responsible gambling occurs in balance with other activities in your life and is not causing harm to either yourself or others.

What does responsible gambling mean for the broader community?

Gambling providers, governments and sporting associations play a key role in fostering responsible gambling by:

  • sharing responsibility for generating awareness of the risks associated with gambling
  • creating and promoting environments that prevent or minimise gambling harm
  • being responsive to community concerns around gambling.

Check out the programs and resources below to find out how responsible gambling is being promoted in our community: