Review of NT Code of Practice for Responsible Gambling

Centre for Gambling Research, October 2019

78 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2021

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Marisa Paterson

Australian National University (ANU)

Matthew Gray

Australian National University (ANU)

Patrick Leslie

Australian National University (ANU)

Megan Whitty

Australian National University (ANU)

Anna Lethborg

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Scott Pennay

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: October 1, 2019

Abstract

This report presents the findings of the review of the Northern Territory (NT) Code of Practice for Responsible Gambling 2016 (the Code) conducted by the Australian National University for the NT Government. The NT Code of Practice for Responsible Gambling sets out minimum requirements that gambling providers are mandated to implement to reduce harms associated with gambling in the NT. The Code includes harm minimization measures across 10 different categories. Gambling operators must implement and comply with these measures as part of their licensee conditions. The review involved venue observations, a survey of gambling venue staff, depth interviews with venue staff, depth interviews with NT Government compliance officers and a public submission process. The review found that the NT Code is one of the more comprehensive of the Australian codes, with several of the measures included in the NT Code absent from some of the other state and territory codes. Overall, the review revealed a significant level of venue noncompliance with the Code. There was also considerable variability in the implementation of measures in venues that were compliant. These findings point to a lack of adequate enforcement of the Code, as well as significant issues with training and implementation.

Keywords: Code of Practice, Gambling, Northern Territory, Australia, Responsible Gambling

Suggested Citation

Paterson, Marisa and Gray, Matthew and Leslie, Patrick and Whitty, Megan and Lethborg, Anna and Pennay, Scott, Review of NT Code of Practice for Responsible Gambling (October 1, 2019). Centre for Gambling Research, October 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3729059

Marisa Paterson

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Matthew Gray

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Patrick Leslie (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Megan Whitty

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Anna Lethborg

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Scott Pennay

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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