Current Research

The Office of Responsible Gambling has a number of research projects underway as part of our Research Program 2019-2020. Our research program aligns with and progresses the RGF Research Agenda 2018-2021 and includes commissioned and grant-funded projects as well as national research projects receiving RGF funding support through Gambling Research Australia.

The Research Program 2019-20 includes 12 studies covering a diverse range of topics and methodologies. Six projects are focused on the RGF research priority area of emerging technology and new trends. Population groups addressed by the research include young people, family members and significant others, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, sports betting and online gambling.

Research Program 2019-2020

Detailed in this table is the full range of research projects currently underway or upcoming that will receive RGF funding support over the 2019-2020 period.

TitleDescriptionResearcherStartFinish
Young People and Gambling Research This commissioned research will examine youth gambling prevalence and attitudes, the migration from gaming to gambling and the impact of advertising and normalisation (especially in sport) on young people.
It includes a literature review, focus groups and population based survey with young people aged 12 to 17 years in NSW.
CQUniversity July 2019 July 2020

Responsible Conduct of Gambling Research

This commissioned research examines the current state of RCG practices in NSW, including the barriers and enablers to effective RCG practices within venues. The project will involve a rapid literature review, as well as qualitative and quantitative research with venue staff who have completed RCG competency training in the last five years. CQUniversity June 2019 Dec 2019
RCT comparing face-to-face with online self-directed and a combined model of gambling treatment

This research will compare outcomes and cost effectiveness of newer online self-directed (OSD) treatment, as well as a combined model of OSD and face to face treatment, with solely face-to-face counselling treatments.

The University of Sydney Sep 2019 Aug 2021
Exploring the changing landscape of gambling in childhood, adolescence and young adulthood This cohort study of young adults will explore how the changing environment of gambling; including the advent of social casino games, esports betting, skins gambling, loot boxes and daily fantasy sports (DFS); might influence gambling involvement and gambling harm. CQUniversity June 2019 Mar 2020
Smartphone betting on sports, esports and daily-fantasy sports amongst young people This research will investigate how the distinctive structural and situational characteristics of mobile technologies impact on betting behaviour, gambling problems and harm amongst young people.
Methods comprise interviews, discrete-choice experiment, and ecological-momentary-assessments.
CQUniversity Jan 2020 Dec 2021
Early identification of gambling comorbidity in a hospital setting This is a multi-site research project in South West Sydney. It includes a systematic review and empirical field research to determine the prevalence of gambling comorbidity among people presenting to hospital with substance use or psychiatric problems, as well as the awareness and openness of hospital staff to assessing gambling comorbidity. Western Sydney University July 2019 Sept 2020
Loot Boxes: Are they grooming youth for gambling? This research involves an online survey amongst separate samples of NSW adolescents (12-17) and young adults (18-24). CQUniversity July 2019 Feb 2020
Family member treatments: Systematic review and content analysis across addictions A systematic review of treatment efficacy and content across the addictions to inform treatments for problem gambling family members. Deakin University July 2019 July 2020
Do ‘cash-out’ products offered by bookmakers exploit behavioural biases? Using behavioural economics modelling, this project aims to determine whether key behavioural traits are determining factors in a bettor’s decision to cash out early. The University of Sydney July 2019 Dec 2019
Development and RCT of safe gambling guidelines for EGM play This research project includes a survey to develop safe gambling guidelines to people wanting to reduce their EGM gambling. The efficacy of the guidelines will then be tested through a randomised-control-trial. CQUniversity Jan 2020 Dec 2021
Interactive Gambling in Australia The RGF is providing the NSW contribution to Gambling Research Australia for this project which re-examines the issues explored in the 2014 Interactive Gambling study and measures changes to the gambling environment and what implications this has for harm. CQUniversity June 2019 May 2021
Behavioural trial to support the National Consumer Protection Framework The RGF is providing the NSW contribution to GRA for this project which aims to build a strong evidence base and understanding of the impact of different features of pre-commitment on the effectiveness of the measure, including for different customer groups. This will inform the requirements and implementation of the measure as part of the Framework. CQUniversity TBC TBC