Gambling In Australia

Gambling is an activity based on risking something of value against the chance of winning or losing. You are gambling whenever you take the chance of losing money or belongings, and when the risk of winning or losing is decided mostly by randomness or chance.

There are many different types of gambling activities including:

  • casino games
  • bingo
  • keno
  • Electronic Gaming Machines (EGM’s),known to many Australians as pokies
  • lottery tickets
  • scratch tickets
  • betting on card games, mah-jong or dominoes
  • betting on horse racing
  • other sports betting
  • betting on games of skill, such as golf or pool
  • tombola and similar games
  • internet gambling
  • stock market speculation

Australian Gambling Statistics 2017–2018 for all Australian states and territories.
Key findings-

  • total gambling expenditure increased from $23.694 billion in 2016–2017 to $24.887 billion in 2017–2018 (a 5.0 per cent increase)
  • per adult gambling expenditure increased from $1,251.39 to $1,292.25 (a 3.3 per cent increase)
  • total electronic gaming machine expenditure increased from $12.136 billion to $12.520 billion (a 3.2 per cent increase)
  • total casino expenditure in Australia increased from $4.790 billion to $5.101 billion (a 6.5 per cent increase)
  • total race betting expenditure in Australia increased from $3.313 billion to $3.547 billion (a 7.1 per cent increase)
  • total sports betting expenditure in Australia increased from $1.062 billion to $1.235 billion (a 16.3 per cent increase).


For more information, see the 35th edition of the Australian Gambling Statistics on the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office website.