Australian Gambling By Numbers
Gambling is quite popular in Australia. A great part of the population takes part in casino games and sports betting, among many other fun options, according to their preferences.
Australians love gambling, and that’s why the industry is exponentially growing on an annual basis. For today’s article, we’ll explore some of the numbers that contribute to gambling in Australia, the good and the bad. This way, you can have an overall idea of the industry’s current state and what you can expect from it in the future.
How popular is gambling in Australia?
Before we start, it is necessary to note that gambling statistics haven’t been updated since 2018. Therefore, the data may have changed and may require an update. For now, this is the information we have access to – and it comes from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
We’ll go through different statistics, including:
- Gambling participation
- Gambling expenditure
- Most popular games
There’s a lot of information to process, and the numbers may have increased in the latest years (or perhaps reduced as a result of the pandemic). Either way, remember that the information may not be 100% precise since all the data available is from over six years ago.
For starters, let’s take a look at how many people are gambling in Australia.
The Household, Income, and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) conducted a survey in two different years, the first one in 2015 and the other one in 2018. It aimed to collect information regarding gambling participation, expenditure, and problems related to these activities.
According to the results, at least 35% of Australians over the age of 18 (which at the time equaled 6.5 million people) gambled regularly in 2018. The numbers have greatly dropped since 2015 when the results were 39% (around 6.8 million people).
The gambling expenditure numbers report an increase in certain areas and a decrease in others. For instance, in 2018, people spent the most in horse and dog races, while in 2015, poker took the crown as the game where gamblers put more money.
According to the same document, only in 2015, Australians gambled $8.6 billion. The games with the most earnings were lotteries, EGMs, and race betting.
A different statistic says that the average gambler spends at least $1,272 in gambling annually.
Another study found that people from low-income households have a tendency to spend more than their current disposable income on gambling, with the percentage being 10%. Contrary to this, high-income households tend to spend around 1% of their disposable income.