Key statistics for the 2019-20 financial year include:
  • $5.8 billion in taxation revenue across all gambling sectors.
  • Approximately $16.8 billion industry value added (IVA) to the economy. 
  • Employment of approximately 201,950 people across Australia, paying just over $10.5 billion in salary and wages.
  • Approximately $587 million from casinos, and $2,839 million from hotels and clubs, in direct tourism gross value added to the economy.
*Source: IBISWorld Pty Ltd, Australian Industry Reports 2022,; Queensland Government Statistician’s Office, Queensland Treasury (2022) Australian Gambling Statistics 1994-95 to 2019- 20 (37th edition); Australian Bureau of Statistics (2021) 5249.0 Tourism Satellite Account: 2019-20

Industry Sector Estimated Value Added 2019-20

Industry Sector


Industry Value Added

Salary & Wages


($ Million)

($ Million)

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Gaming & Vending Machine Manufacturers




Horse & Dog Racing




Horse & Sports Betting








Pubs, Bars, Nightclubs




Social Clubs




*Source: IBISWorld Pty Ltd, Australian Industry Reports 2022,

Funds from gambling taxes, mandatory levies and voluntary contributions from the gambling industry are distributed via state-wide funding and benefit schemes to assist the community, provide gambling help services and support responsible gambling initiatives.

Some examples of how funds were distributed via these channels include: 

  • In New South Wales approximately $11.57 million was distributed to support gambling help services and counselling in NSW
  • In Queensland more than $44 million was distributed to some 2,021 community organisations and programs via the Gambling Community Benefit Fund
  • In the Northern Territory $12.55 million in funding was distributed to support community development projects, gambling research and the amelioration of problem gambling.
  • Over $5.3 million in funding was distributed to fund support programs and initiatives to minimise problem gambling in South Australia.
  • $147.79 million was distributed in grants to support the Victorian community, including drug and alcohol treatment, and problem gambling assistance services. 
  • In Tasmania $3.08 million was paid into the state's fund to support the community, including sports and recreation, research and gambling support services.
  • Approximately $292 million of funding to the community was provided by Lotterywest, to support hospitals, sports, the arts and other eligible community organisations.


New Zealand

Key statistics for the 2019-20 financial year include:
  • Non-casino gaming machine trusts raised an estimated $215.7 million for authorised community purposes from 16,338 grants.
  • Over NZ$265.8 million was allocated by the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board for distribution to the community in the 2019-20 financial year.
  • NZ$152.3 million in funding from the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) was distributed to industry and the community, and payments of NZ$14.7 million were distributed to sporting organisations. NZ$15.2 million was distributed to racing and sports from RITA’s own gaming machines.
  • SkyCity Casinos contributed NZ$3.7 million to the SkyCity Community Trusts. 

For more information please see:

AGC Fact Sheets

AGC Guide to the Australasian Gaming Industry

AGC Member Community Initiatives

Community Support Funds