Young people and gambling

It's a disturbing fact that research indicates nearly eight in ten teenagers have gambled in the past year. We also know that young people who gamble are more likely to develop gambling problems than adults. Surveys show three to four per cent of teenagers have a problem with gambling. 

That's three to four times the rate of adults, or in other words, an average of one teenager in every high school class.

With gambling becoming more and more a part of everyday life, young people are not just experiencing gambling at a distance. They are exposed to gambling through sport, advertising, online games, social media, and the behaviour of the adults in their lives.

Teenagers with a smartphone or tablet can now gamble anytime, day or night despite underage gambling being illegal in Australia. This normalisation of gambling means teenagers are less likely to recognise the dangers of gambling, further increasing the risks that they will gamble and develop problems.  

Young people are less likely to recognise they have a problem and seek help. If they do reach out for help, they're more likely to go to friends, parents and siblings rather than to a professional counsellor. The foundation is responding to this concerning trend with a strategy to engage young people, their families and the community. 

We aim to raise awareness of the risks associated with gambling and to foster responsible gambling behaviour.

The 'Gambling's not a game' strategy includes the support services following:

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