The latest NSW Gambling Survey 2019 reveals that gambling participation in the Australian state has declined by considerable margins since 2011.
While the data also showed that over 50 percent of adults in the region have gambled at least once in the past year, there has been no increase in the number of those facing the risk of gambling addiction and compulsive gambling issues. One is ten regular gamblers is found to have compulsive gambling issues.
The survey involved questioning more than 10,000 NSW adults between November 2018 and February 2019.
According to the survey figures, 53 percent said that they have gambled at least once in the past year. While lottery tickets with 37 percent remained the most popular amongst NSW’s gambling adults, poker machines trailed with 16 percent followed by greyhound and horse betting (13 percent).
“This represents a significant decrease since 2011 when approximately 65 percent of respondents reported participating in at least one form of gambling in the last 12 months,” the report said.
Sydney Herald, quotes Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello saying that the government was spending $35 million in 2019-20 on programs that assist at-risk gamblers.
“This new research provides a unique insight into the state’s gambling landscape that will help inform policymaking,” Mr. Dominello said.
Getting strict with underage gambling and easy accessibility to online pornography websites, the Australian government recently revealed its plans to give a nod to the use of facial recognition systems to restrict underage access to online gambling and pornography sites.
The Department of Home Affairs has suggested the use of facial recognition technology to identify and restrict access for minors as it recommended verifying ages by matching a person’s photo with a document already lodged with Home Affairs.