Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 689–701 | Cite as

Gambling Revenues as a Public Administration Issue: Electronic Gaming Machines in Victoria

  • David Pickernell
  • Robyn Keast
  • Kerry Brown
  • Nina Yousefpour
  • Chris Miller
Original Paper


Gambling activities and the revenues derived have been seen as a way to increase economic development in deprived areas. There are also, however, concerns about the effects of gambling in general and electronic gaming machines (EGMs) in particular, on the resources available to the localities in which they are situated. This paper focuses on the factors that determine the extent and spending of community benefit-related EGM-generated resources within Victoria, Australia, focusing in particular on the relationships between EGM activity and socio-economic and social capital indicators, and how this relates to the community benefit resources generated by gaming.


Electronic gaming machines Gambling revenues Social capital Australia 



Community benefit fund: this provides funding to community groups in Queensland, Australia, from gaming income


Community benefit statement: the framework for self-reporting expenditure on community benefits by club and racing club venue operators that receive gaming revenue, showing how gaming proceeds contribute to their local communities


Community support fund: established by the Victorian Government as a centralised, state government controlled fund to direct a portion of gaming revenue back to communities in Victoria


Electronic gaming machines: Also known as ‘poker machines’ and variously defined as coin operated casino games, video poker, electronic jack pot and prize triggering devices used for gaming


Local government area: an administrative division of a country that a local government is responsible for


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Pickernell
    • 1
  • Robyn Keast
    • 3
  • Kerry Brown
    • 2
  • Nina Yousefpour
    • 4
  • Chris Miller
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for EnterpriseUniversity of Glamorgan Business SchoolPontypriddUK
  2. 2.School of Tourism and Hospitality ManagementSouthern Cross UniversityTweed HeadsAustralia
  3. 3.Southern Cross University Business SchoolTweed HeadsAustralia
  4. 4.School of ManagementQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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