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Evaluation of the removal of ATMs from Victorian gaming venues

An evaluation of the removal of ATMs from gaming venues in Victoria, Australia

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More information about the ATM Removal Evaluation Study

From 1 July 2012, ATMs will be prohibited in gaming venues in Victoria. The Victorian Government is funding an evaluation of the effectiveness of this prohibition on ATMs in gaming venues, which will run from late 2011 to 2013.

A team of researchers from Swinburne University of Technology will conduct the evaluation, which will assess the:

  • effectiveness of the removal of ATMs from gaming venues as a problem gambling harm reduction measure
  • effectiveness of the removal of ATMs from gaming venues as a consumer protection measure for recreational gamblers
  • costs and unintended consequences of removing ATMs from venues, including the effect on venue patrons who are not gambling

The evaluation will be an evidence based, methodologically rigorous investigation of the effect of prohibiting ATMs in Victorian gaming venues. It will allow a detailed assessment of the cost effectiveness of the policy.

The evaluation will comprise a multi-stage, mixed method design. This will include:

  • surveys of 750 venue patrons before and after ATMs are removed from venues
  • a survey of all Victorian venues after ATMs are removed
  • interviews and focus groups with venue patrons
  • interviews with venue staff
  • observations and geographic analysis
  • interviews with key stakeholders

The ATMs Evaluation Reference Group, a working group of the Responsible Gambling Ministerial Advisory Council, will provide advice and support to the evaluation team. The Reference Group includes industry, academic, local government, Department of Justice and community representatives.

Researchers involved in this project include: