Indigenous Gambling Motivations, Behaviour and Consequences in Northern New South Wales, Australia

  • Helen M. Breen
  • Nerilee Hing
  • Ashley Gordon


Against a background of public health, we sought to examine and explain gambling behaviours, motivations and consequences of Indigenous Australians in northern New South Wales. Adhering to national Aboriginal and ethical guidelines and using qualitative methods, 169 Indigenous Australians were interviewed individually and in small groups using semi-structured interviews. Over 100 in-depth interviews were conducted. Using thematic analysis, the results indicate a range of contrasting social and more problematic gambling behaviours, motivations and consequences. Acknowledging the cultural distinctiveness of Indigenous gambling and distinguishing between their social and more problematic gambling behaviours, motivations and consequences can assist with public health prevention, harm reduction and treatment programs for Indigenous gamblers in all parts of Australia.


Aboriginal people Australia Community and public health Health and well-being Research qualitative 



We acknowledge and thank the Indigenous people of northern New South Wales for their generous cooperation and collaboration with this research project.

Declaration of Conflicts of Interest

The authors declared no conflicts of interest with respect to the data, authorship and/or publication of this article.


This project and subsequent authorship of this article was funded by Gambling Research Australia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Gambling Education and Research, School of Tourism and Hospitality ManagementSouthern Cross UniversityLismoreAustralia
  2. 2.Indigenous Australian researcher and consultant with the Centre for Gambling Education and ResearchLismoreAustralia

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