NSW Earmarks Additional Funding For Gambling Research

The Responsible Gambling Office of New South Wales (NSW) has outlined specifics of a new funding mechanism for PhD scholarships, post-doctoral fellowships, and study grants to develop gambling research capability and capacity.

The funds will be used to help improve the quality, diversity and impact of gambling research in communities around Australia using money from the Responsible Gambling Fund of the Australian Government.

The PhD scholarships and post-doctoral fellowships application round opened Tuesday and will run until 31 January 2020.

Those who wish to apply for research grants to study in 2020 can also register their interest now, with applications to be approved over the next year.

“We are committed to providing up-and-coming researchers with an opportunity to dedicate their careers to gambling studies and have a real impact in our community,” director of the Office of Responsible Gambling, Natalie Wright, said.

“Research is crucial because it provides the evidence base for responsible gambling policy, interventions and programs, and it is important to encourage our brightest minds to stay in or move into the gambling research field.

“We encourage collaborative partnerships, cross-disciplinary approaches and applications from a diverse range of disciplines, to build knowledge and develop innovative approaches to working towards zero gambling harm.”

The investment marks the NSW Responsible Gambling Office’s latest effort to address state and broader Australian consumer problem gambling.

In May, Office received approximately AU$400,000 (£ 211,092/€246,297/$272,494) in grants to fund gambling-related harm reduction and prevention studies. This amount was split between five universities across Australia, supporting projects that focus on helping youth and families, and using new technology to address the hazards that gambling may pose.

In July, the NSW government also carried out new plans to pursue a report on the efficacy of the Australian state’s current responsible gambling policies and find ways to better protect consumers from gambling-related harm.

Nevertheless, a study released by the government of the state earlier this month found that the percentage of adults playing in New South Wales has dropped by 12 percent since 2011.

The 2019 NSW Gambling Survey, published by the NSW government after being funded by the Responsible Gambling Fund, showed that 53% of the adult population had played in the past 12 months–down from 65% in 2011.