Internet Gamblers in Australia: Gambling Behaviour, Gambling Problems and Comparisons with Non-Internet Gamblers


  • Nerilee Hing Southern Cross University
  • Alex Blaszczynski University of Sydney
  • Robert Wood University of Lethbridge
  • Sally Gainsbury Southern Cross University


Internet gambling is one of the fastest growing forms of gambling internationally and in Australia. The Interactive Gambling Act in Australia is under review, but currently prohibits Internet gambling sites from accepting money from Australian residents. However, Australians have convenient access to over 2,000 Internet gaming sites in addition to legal wagering and lottery sites. This presentation will describe the results of one the most comprehensive Internet gambling studies conducted in Australia.. Results will include information about the types of gambling, time and money spent and levels of problem gambling. Comparisons will be made to determine how Internet gamblers compare to non-Internet gamblers. This presentation will provide pivotal information about the Internet gambling behaviour of Australians. This research is extremely important to understand the impact of Internet gambling on society and guide key stakeholders in forming appropriate responses to Internet gambling.