Watching more odds than sports? It might be time to get back to the real game.
Sports betting is the fastest growing form of gambling in Australia and participation in sports betting has more than doubled over the last decade.
Tasmanian research shows that people are worried about the impact of sports betting on young men, children and the spirit of sport.
If you're concerned about your gambling or someone else's, the links below will give you some options for getting more information about gambling and gambling support services.
Are you worried that gambling might be too big a part of your life? Try filling out the Self Assessment at Gambling Help Online to see where you sit on the gambling risk index.
Self Help Tools
Talk To Someone
If you would like to talk to someone about your gambling or someone else's gambling, you can use one of the following free and confidential Gamblers Help services to talk to a qualified gambling counsellor.
Gambling Help Online is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can talk to a counsellor using chat or email, find information, get tips and tools for dealing with gambling issues or join a forum to talk with other people dealing with gambling issues.
Gamblers Helpline Tasmania is available is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can talk to a counsellor for crisis management, counselling, advice, information or a referral to in-person counselling.
Ring 1800 858 858 * Calls from landlines are free. Calls from mobile phones may be charged.
You can talk to someone face to face through Anglicare Tasmania. Services available include personal and family counselling, group counselling and support and arranging self-exclusions from gambling venues.
To arrange an appointment, ring 1800 243 232.
Other help providers
If you would like to speak with someone else, you can contact your GP, a private psychologist or counsellor or another service providers such as Holyoake Tasmania on 03 6224 1777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sports Betting Campaign is based on sports betting research commissioned by the Department of Health and Human Services and undertaken by the University of Tasmania's School of Social Sciences. The research report and literature review are available from www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/gambling/research2/tasmanian_research.
The research looked at the proliferation, trends and risks, particularly to vulnerable groups, of sports betting and its promotion in Australia and internationally.
Some of the key findings were:
- the demographic of sports betting participants is clearly identified as younger men with full-time employment, higher socio-economic status, better education and access to the Internet
- the two identified risk groups for sports betting are young men, and children and adolescents
- the perceived saturation of the sporting experience through betting-related advertising had altered the experience of watching sport, by aligning sports betting with fans' overall experiences of a game and encouraging individuals to bet live during the game
- sports betting (along with doping and match fixing) was seen as a challenge to the probity of sport in Australia, particularly at grass-roots and semi-professional levels.
In response to the research, the Government has developed a community education campaign concentrating on sports betting.
The campaign is aimed at young men at risk of developing issues with sports betting. It triggers consideration of the impacts of sports betting. The key message is "Get back to the real game" which refers to getting back to watching sport for fun rather than with a financial involvement.
The campaign is a digitally-focussed project which aims to place campaign messages on the devices that young men use to place sports bets, including smart phones and tablets. The campaign also features a television commercial, as well as social media strategies through Facebook and YouTube.