Gambling research centres in Australia


Centre for Sport and Social Impact, Latrobe University

  • The Centre for Sport and Social Impact conducts research into issues that affect sporting organisations operating in the private, public and not-for-profit arenas, and how these issues affect the community. The Centre has conducted research into the impact of government policies relating to sport on gambling, such as sports betting.

School of Education and Arts, University of Ballarat

  • The School of Education and Arts conducts community-based research across various disciplines. The School has a capacity-building research focus, has published research into alternatives to gaming through community partnerships, and is currently researching the impact of electronic gaming machines at the community level.

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

  • The School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine was created in 2008 and conducts research into healthcare related areas. The School works with Monash affiliated hospitals, research institutes and public health units within Victoria. Dr Charles Livingstone is a senior lecturer within the school and has a research focus in gambling studies.

The Brain and Psychological Science Centre, Swinburne University

  • The Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre (BPsyC) is a psychological science research unit, and conducts applied research into areas that focus on community impact, such as problem gambling.

Australian Capital Territory

Centre for Gambling Research, School of Sociology, Australian National University (ACT)

The Centre for Gambling Research is funded by the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission. Its research priorities are the gambling industry, social and economic impacts of gambling, prevention strategy development and harm minimisation, gambling regulation and consumer education.

New South Wales

University of Sydney Gambling Research Unit (NSW)

The Gambling Research Unit at the University of Sydney is part of the School of Psychology. The aim of the unit is to conduct and promote research into gambling behaviour. The focus of the unit is on understanding why people gamble excessivley and on determining the best way to help people stop.

University of Sydney Gambling Treatment Clinic (NSW)

The Gambling Treatment Clinic is funded by the Responsible Gambling Fund, a branch of the Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing in the New South Wales Government. It provides free services to problem gamblers and their families. The Clinic also undertakes clinical research of problem gambling.

Centre for Gambling Education and Research, Southern Cross University (NSW)

The Centre for Gambling Education and Research (CGER) undertakes research projects into gambling issues and offers gambling related education programs. The CGER has undertaken research projects for various government bodies, including the former Office of Gaming and Racing in Victoria.


Gambling Research Laboratory, Central Queensland University (QLD)

The Gambling Research Laboratory (GRL) at the Institute for Health and Social Science Research uses experimental means to investigate gambling disorders, and is supported by an in-house developed EGM simulator and the infrastructure of the Population Research Laboratory at the Institute. The GRL has investigated psychological risk factors for the development of gambling problems, social factors impacting on pokie machine betting, the use of gambling 'consumption' as a predictor of gambling problems, and the impact of pokies jackpots on player behaviour.

South Australia

The Flinders Centre for Gambling Research, Flinders University (SA)

Part of the Flinders Human Behaviour and Health Research Unit at the School of Medicine, this centre conducts studies into the health, social, economic and political impacts of gambling on society. The Centre aims to influence the formulation of policy in the area of problematic gambling through the development of national and international research collaborations and partnerships.

South Australian Centre for Economic Studies (SA)

The South Australian Centre for Economic Studies (SACES) is a self-funded, joint research unit of the University of Adelaide and Flinders University in South Australia. The Centre has conducted a number of research projects examining the economic and social impacts of gambling. It also has an online gambling database that provides regional level data on gaming machine activity in South Australian licensed venues.


Australian Gambling Research Centre

The Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC) was announced in November 2012, and is being established under the National Gambling Reform Act 2012. AGRC commenced operation on1 July 2013. It is an additional part of the Australian Institute of FamiIy Studies (AFIS). As a statutory body, AIFS has independence from Government, while providing the centre with the support of an experienced and highly capable research organisation.

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