ACT Gambling Prevalence Survey 2019

Client: The Australian National University

The ACT Gambling Prevalence Survey is a telephone survey run every 5 years to assist the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission’s monitoring of the social and economic impacts of gambling in the ACT.

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The ACT Gambling and Racing Commission has commissioned ANU (Australian National University) to undertake the study and they have contracted the Social Research Centre to conduct the telephone interviews required for this survey. You may have received a phone call from 02 6147 6410 regarding this study.

The survey will start 1st April and will run over an 8-week period.

The information collected will help the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission to monitor the social and economic impacts of gambling in the ACT and will provide a valuable resource to tackle significant policy, academic and social research questions.

If your household is selected, trained interviewers will complete the survey with you by phone at a time convenient to you. The survey takes up 20 minutes to complete. Your participation is entirely voluntary. It is important, however, that we speak to as many households as possible to ensure the survey results accurately reflect the views and experiences of the community.

If selected, you will be asked questions about your gambling behaviour, attitudes and the effect of others’ gambling on you. The information collected will help the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission to monitor the social and economic impacts of gambling in the ACT.

The survey is being done to give the ACT government a description of patterns of gambling, problems, attitudes and service use.

All information you provide will be treated in strict confidence. The results will only be used for planning and research purposes. The ethical aspects of this research have been approved by the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any concerns or complaints about how this research has been conducted, please contact:

Ethics Manager, ANU Human Research Ethics Committee, Australian National University. Email: Human.Ethics.Officer@anu.edu.au Telephone: 02 6125 3427

The survey will take between 5 and 20 minutes to complete dependent on your answers. Arrangements can be made for you to participate at any time that is convenient for you.

The survey is entirely voluntary, but your participation is important to understand patterns of gambling in the ACT.

Only randomly-selected households and respondents will be eligible to participate in this survey. This ensures that the sample represents the ACT community.

Any information you provide will be completely confidential and your answers will not be identified as individual responses. Responses are used for research purposes only and are treated in strict confidence. All information provided is protected by strict Commonwealth and State privacy laws. Please see the SRC’s Privacy Policy for more information.

Your telephone number has been chosen at random from all possible telephone numbers in your area. We find that this is the best way to obtain a representative sample of all ACT residents for our survey. Households with silent numbers are not in the White Pages but it is important that these people are included in the survey.

An Australian company that provides phone numbers for market and social research has supplied us with a list of mobile numbers, verified as belonging to ACT residents. Your name, address and telephone number will not be retained or shared with any other individual, agency or department.

The survey is being done to give the ACT government a description of patterns of gambling, problems, attitudes and service use. It updates a study done in Canberra in 2014. We are interviewing 10,000 adults who live in the ACT. The results will be summarised in a report written for the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission. Research findings, including this report, will be available on ANU’s Centre for Gambling Research website: http://csrm.cass.anu.edu.au/centres/cgr

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