The gaming industry provides a significant positive economic contribution in Australia through:

  • Taxation of gaming at both state and federal level

  • Direct and indirect Employment

  • Direct and indirect community contribution


Industry Sector Estimated Value Added and Share of the Economy


Industry Sector


Industry Value Added Share of Economy
  ($ Million) ($ Million) (GDP %)
Casinos 6665 3482 0.25
Gaming & Vending Machine Manufacturers 557 242 0.02
Horse & Dog Racing 1482 359 0.03
Horse & Sports Betting 4335 1296 0.09
Lotteries 6545 735 0.05
Pubs, Bars, Nightclubs 17800 5215 0.37
Social Clubs 11351 5203 0.37

*Source: IBISWorld 2019


Here here are some key numbers from the 2017/18 financial year in Australia:

  • $6.2 Billion in taxation revenue across all gaming categories

  • 24.94% of every dollar spent on gaming becomes government revenue

  • Approx. $4 Billion in tourism dollars returned via pubs, clubs and casinos

  • Employ approx. 150,000 people across Australia paying up to $10 Billion in salary and wages

  • In New South Wales approx. $12m was distributed to gambling counselling and treatment services

  • In the ACT clubs distributed $11.5m to community programs across the territory

  • In Queensland $71.2m was distributed to over 3000 community organisations and programs across the state


Here are some key numbers from New Zealand:

  • An estimated $654 million, or 29.6% of expenditure, from gambling proceeds was distributed to a variety of community services and projects in New Zealand in the 2015-16 financial year. 

  • Non-casino gaming machine trusts raised an estimated $275 million for authorised community purposes

  • The New Zealand Lotteries Commission transferred $182 million to the Lottery Grants Board for distribution to the community

  • The New Zealand Racing Board allocated $143 million, largely to support racing club activities and infrastructure

  • Casinos contributed just over $5 million to community trusts


For more info please see:

AGC Fact Sheets

AGC Guide to the Australasian Gaming Industry