Staggering amount gamblers spend every day
QUEENSLANDERS are gambling more money than ever before, with new figures revealing punters plunged more than $4 billion last financial year, an increase of $190 million on the previous year.
An Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation report shows more than $4.065 billion was spent on gambling in Queensland in 2017/18, which is up about 5 per cent from 2016/17. More than $11.1 million was gambled by Queenslanders every day, mostly on poker machines.
According to Liquor and Gaming, the average spend per adult on the pokies was $619 last year, which is up from $573 five years ago.
An extra $81.3 million was also gambled at casinos, while slightly less was spent on wagering and Keno.
The amount of money fed into electronic gaming machines in the state increased by $92.2 million.
A spokeswoman for Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said the government was currently working on a policy framework to address problem gambling throughout the state.
"While the Palaszczuk Government is thoroughly considering strategies to address problem gambling, it is important to note that the most recent Queensland Household Gambling Survey shows an increase in the percentage of adults who do not gamble," she said.
"There are a range of measures in place in Queensland to promote responsible gambling and assist people affected by gambling problems."
The spokeswoman conceded that total gambling expenditure in Queensland last financial year was the "highest to date".
But she also pointed to the Australian Gambling Statistics 2016-17, which she claimed had shown that real per capita gambling expenditure had declined over the past 10 years.