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Discover the projects that we have commissioned or funded that are in the works right now.

How our research program works

All the research projects below are part of our Research Plan 2022–2023. The program aligns with and progresses the Responsible Gambling Fund (RGF) Research Agenda 2021–2024, and includes commissioned and grant-funded projects as well as national research projects receiving funding support from the RGF through Gambling Research Australia (GRA).

The current program of studies covers a diverse range of topics, populations and methodologies and aligns to our 2021-2024 priority research themes:

  • individual and community level gambling harm-minimisation

  • regulation of gambling products, practices and environments

  • gambling among vulnerable or target groups

  • emerging gambling technologies and new trends

  • measuring and understanding gambling prevalence and harm

  • efficacy and effectiveness of treatments.

Researcher: Western Sydney University

July 2019 – April 2023

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.

Researcher: Roy Morgan Research

August 2021 – October 2022

This research will build upon available research to provide a greater understanding of the impact of late-night EGM play on people currently experiencing or at-risk of experiencing problems with gambling.

Researcher: Central Queensland University

February 2022 – November 2022

This research is a qualitative study with young people in NSW aged 12 to 17 years, to examine four interrelated topics identified in the NSW Youth Gambling Study 2020: youth gambling transitions; parental influence; resilience and protective factors; and new and emerging online gambling advertising.

Researcher: Central Queensland University

February 2022 – November 2022

The study involves an online survey of over 1,000 NSW parents living with an adolescent aged 12 to 17 years. Psychometrically sound measures will assess parenting practices, parent-adolescent relationship quality, parental gambling behaviour, parental problem gambling, and gambling-specific parenting behaviours (e.g., gambling with the adolescent). Parents will also report on their adolescent’s gambling and simulated gambling behaviour. Finally, the survey will assess parental preferences for receiving and accessing information and support on adolescent gambling.

Researcher: The University of Newcastle

March 2022 – May 2024

This research will see the inclusion of gambling questions into the Australian Secondary School Alcohol and Drug Survey (ASSAD) administered to students NSW.

ASSAD is the most comprehensive survey of Australia secondary school students examining alcohol and drug use, as well as other health and psychological issues. This is a triennial national survey, with field work for the next survey scheduled for 2022.

Researcher: Deakin University

April 2022 – April 2024

This research is designed to evaluate the first just-in-time interventions to reduce gambling harm for problem and at-risk gamblers. Two smartphone apps derived from evidence-based conceptual models have been developed and will now be evaluated with a 28-day micro-randomised trial (MRT), a 6-month within group follow-up, an evaluation of acceptability via post-intervention surveys, app usage and engagement indices, and in-depth interviews.

GRA is a partnership between the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments to initiate and manage a national gambling research program. The NSW contribution is funded by the Responsible Gambling Fund.

Research currently underway includes: 

  • Skill-based gaming 

  • Australian sports data project

Visit the Gambling Research Australia website for more information.

Interested in funding or a grant for a project of your own? 

Contact us to find out about current funding opportunities. Email info@responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au or call 02 9995 0992.

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