Gambling affects the health and wellbeing of individuals and families. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare state that in Australia about $25 billion was lost on legal forms of gambling in 2018-19.
Harm from gambling is not only about losing money or financial problems, gambling harm can also include:
- health problems including emotional, psychological distress or physical issues
- issues with relationships with family or friends
- problems with work or study
- cultural problems
- criminal activity
Support is available for people experiencing gambling harm.
All forms of gambling, such as poker machines, casinos, lotteries and online gambling are licensed and regulated by the state and territory regulators.
Online gambling is the fastest growing gambling segment. In 2022, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) found that more than one in 10 (11%) Australians have reported participating in online gambling at some stage in the previous 6 months. This figure is up from 8% in 2020. Digital technology means people are able to gamble at any time.
The Australian Government, together with the State and Territory Governments, has introduced a suite of minimum consumer protections for people who gamble online. Read more about the National Consumer Protection Framework for Online Wagering (National Framework).
Information about implementation of the National Framework and reforms to regulation of gambling by the Australian Government.
Support available for people experiencing gambling harm
Links to information on implementation of the measures of the National Framework and links to the state and territory rules and regulations
Information on state and territory regulators for gambling.
Links to published research and evidence underpinning the measures of the National Framework.
Commonwealth, state and territory ministers responsible for online wagering and harm minimisation work together to address the potential risks and harm from online wagering.