Australian Bureau of Statistics
8647.0 - Gambling Industries, Australia, Preliminary, 1997-98
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/06/1999
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Gambling net takings of over $11 billion confirmed
During 1997-98, the net takings from gambling of businesses in Australia's gambling industries were $11,091 million, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Gambling Industries, Australia 1997-98. This publication updates and expands on the preliminary results released in April 1999 in Gambling Industries, Australia, Preliminary 1997-98 (cat. no. 8647.0).
These net takings represented an increase of 42% since 1994-95. During 1997-98, the major form of gambling was poker/gaming machines which accounted for net takings of $6,401 million or 58% of the total net takings from gambling. In 1994-95 poker/gaming machines accounted for 51% of net takings. The $6,401 million comprised $3,595 million taken in clubs, $2,106 million taken in pubs, taverns and bars and $700 million in casinos.
Other major sources of net takings from gambling during 1997-98 were $1,432 million from casino gaming tables, $1,430 million from off-course TAB sales and $1,179 million from lotteries, lotto-style games and football pools.
Based on an Australian adult population of just over 14 million at the end of June 1998, the $11,091 million in net takings from gambling represented a loss of $790 per head of adult population, which was a 35% increase since 1994-95. New South Wales ($945 per adult) and Victoria ($927 per adult) were well above the Australian average, while Western Australia had the lowest ($472 per adult) reflecting the fact that Western Australia was the only state that did not have poker/gaming machines in clubs, pubs, taverns and bars. The largest increases in gambling expenditure per adult since 1994-95 occurred in South Australia (63%), Victoria (51%) and Queensland (40%).
Of the major gambling activities, but excluding poker machines and casino gaming, the highest percentage payouts measured in terms of gross and net takings were on-course totalisator and off-course TABs with 84.4% and 84.2% respectively. The lowest percentage payout was recorded by lotteries, lotto-style games and football pools (56.1%) and instant money sales (59.1%).
During 1997-98, the gambling taxes and levies paid to government by businesses totalled $3,717 million, which represented 34% of the net takings from gambling of these businesses. The largest contributors by type of gambling were poker/gaming machines located in clubs, pubs, taverns and bars with $1,725 million or 46% of all gambling taxes and levies.
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