Gambling in culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Australia

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Australia is a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) country. Gambling is perceived to be part of "Aussie" culture, and migrants often see gambling as a way to integrate themselves into Australia's culture and lifestyle.

This picture however, is not the same across all cultures within Australia, This discussion paper seeks to examine gambling across CALD communities.

The paper found that:

  • CALD communities within developed nations including Australia, tend to participate in gambling less than the overall population, but those who do gamble may be more likely to experience problems.
  • People from CALD communities who gamble, may be more likely to develop problems than individuals from the general population, due to different beliefs about luck and chance, factors relating to migration and issues around stigma and shame.
  • Stigma and shame can create considerable barriers to help seeking in CALD communities.
  • Increased access to gambling and migration stressors may increase the chance that migrants might gamble, placing them at additional risk of developing problems.
  • Both specific CALD and culturally appropriate mainstream gambling help services are needed to support CALD gamblers and their families.

Download the report

Read further and download the paper on the Australian Gambling Research Centre website

How to cite this report

Dickens, M & Thomas, A 2016, Gambling in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities in Australia (AGRC Discussion Paper No. 7), Australian Gambling Research Centre, Australian Institute of Family Studies

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