Nsw Poker Machine Revenue



In the interests of transparency and accessibility we publish six monthly gaming machine reports. Reports are generally published in September and March each year

Note: Due to the impacts of the COVID restrictions, the NSW Government allowed for a deferral of tax payments in the last instalment period. Tax adjustments for 2019-20 are yet to be finalised hence the gaming machine reports by LGA for clubs and hotels for 2019-20 will be reissued when the tax information becomes available. COVID-19 restrictions on poker machines put a $1.1 billion dent in net gambling profits at NSW pubs and clubs, but they still cleared $2.1 billion in the first half the year and, more recently, have been more profitable than the same time last year.

The reports include:

  • gaming machine report by local government area (LGA)
  • state rankings by gaming machine profit report
  • state rankings by profit per gaming machine report
  • premises list (updated monthly starting March 2020).

Gaming machine data is available upon request on a quarterly basis, and reports are typically available 6 weeks after the relevant quarter has ended. The quarterly periods for clubs and hotels are listed in the table below.

Club Quarters

Hotel Quarters

Q1: 1 Sept – 30 Nov

Q1: 1 Jul – 30 Sept

Q2: 1 Dec – 28 Feb (29 if leap year)

Q2: 1 Oct – 31 Dec

Q3: 1 Mar – 31 May

Q3: 1 Jan – 31 Mar

Q4: 1 Jun – 31 Aug

Q4: 1 Apr – 30 Jun

Reports available include:

  • gaming machine report by local government area (LGA)
  • state rankings by gaming machine profit report
  • state rankings by profit per gaming machine report
  • gaming machine annual report
  • gaming machine statistics report

If you have any further questions about the data available, or to make a request, please email your query via the address below.

Email: [email protected]

Gaming machine report by Local Government Area (LGA)

For each LGA these reports combine the:

  • number of venues - clubs or hotels in the LGA
  • combined net profit
  • number of electronic gaming machines operating in the area.

If there are less than five venues in an LGA, the LGA is combined with a neighbouring LGA.

Note: Due to the impacts of the COVID restrictions, the NSW Government allowed for a deferral of tax payments in the last instalment period. Tax adjustments for 2019-20 are yet to be finalised hence the gaming machine reports by LGA for clubs and hotels for 2019-20 will be reissued when the tax information becomes available.

Six monthly reports:
Clubs | Gaming machine report by LGA | 1 Dec 2019 - 31 May 2020 XLSX, 30.41 KB
Hotels | Gaming machine report by LGA | 1 Jan 2020 - 30 Jun 2020 XLSX, 30.12 KB

State rankings by gaming machine profit report

Reports

For each club and hotel, these reports include the:

Nsw Poker Machine Revenue Report

  • licence number and licence name
  • suburb and postcode
  • local government area (LGA)
  • number of electronic gaming machines
  • state rankings by net profit.

Six monthly reports:
Clubs | State rankings by gaming machine net profit | 1 Dec 2019 - 31 May 2020 XLSX, 92.63 KB
Hotels | State rankings by gaming machine net profit | 1 Jan 2020 to 30 Jun 2020 XLSX, 102.13 KB

State rankings by profit per gaming machine report

For each club and hotel, these reports include the:

  • licence number and licence name
  • suburb and postcode
  • local government area (LGA)
  • number of electronic gaming machines
  • state rankings by net profit per gaming machine.

Six monthly reports:
Clubs | State rankings by profit per gaming machine | 1 Dec 2019 - 31 May 2020 XLSX, 94.06 KB
Hotels | State rankings by profit per gaming machine | 1 Jan 2020 to 30 Jun 2020 XLSX, 103.71 KB

Gaming machine report by Local Government Area (LGA)

For each LGA these reports combine the:

  • number of venues - clubs or hotels in the LGA
  • combined net profit and tax
  • number of electronic gaming machines operating in the area.

If there are less than five venues in an LGA, the LGA is combined with a neighbouring LGA.

Six monthly reports:
Clubs | Gaming machine report by LGA | 1 Jun 2019 - 30 Nov 2019 XLSX, 31.77 KB
Hotels | Gaming machine report by LGA | 1 Jul 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 XLSX, 31.28 KB

State rankings by gaming machine profit report

For each club and hotel, these reports include the:

  • licence number and licence name
  • suburb and postcode
  • local government area (LGA)
  • number of electronic gaming machines
  • state rankings by net profit.

Six monthly reports:
Clubs | State rankings by gaming machine net profit | 1 Jun 2019 - 30 Nov 2019 XLSX, 103.46 KB
Hotels | State rankings by gaming machine net profit | 1 Jul 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 XLSX, 118.08 KB

State rankings by profit per gaming machine report

For each club and hotel, these reports include the:

  • licence number and licence name
  • suburb and postcode
  • local government area (LGA)
  • number of electronic gaming machines
  • state rankings by net profit per gaming machine.f

Six monthly reports:
Clubs | State rankings by profit per gaming machine | 1 Jun 2019 - 30 Nov 2019 XLSX, 97.16 KB
Hotels | State rankings by profit per gaming machine | 1 Jul 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 XLSX, 120.27 KB

Gaming machine report by Local Government Area (LGA)

For each LGA these reports combine the:

  • number of venues - clubs or hotels in the LGA
  • combined net profit and tax
  • number of electronic gaming machines operating in the area.

If there are less than five venues in an LGA, the LGA is combined with a neighbouring LGA.

Download report:Clubs | Gaming machine report by LGA | 1 Dec 2018 - 31 May 2019 XLSX, 31.75 KB
Download report:Hotels | Gaming machine report by LGA | 1 Jan 2019 - 30 Jun 2019 XLSX, 31.65 KB

State rankings by gaming machine profit report

For each club and hotel, these reports include the:

  • licence number and licence name
  • suburb and postcode
  • local government area (LGA)
  • number of electronic gaming machines
  • state rankings by net profit.

Download report:Clubs | State rankings by gaming machine net profit | 1 Dec 2018 - 31 May 2019 XLSX, 103.79 KB
Download report: Hotels | State rankings by gaming machine net profit | 1 Jan 2019 - 30 Jun 2019 XLSX, 115.92 KB

State rankings by profit per gaming machine report

For each club and hotel, these reports include the:

  • licence number and licence name
  • suburb and postcode
  • local government area (LGA)
  • number of electronic gaming machines
  • state rankings by net profit per gaming machine.

Download report:Clubs | State rankings by net profit per gaming machine | 1 Dec 2018 - 31 May 2019 XLSX, 98.45 KB
Download report: Hotels | State rankings by net profit per gaming machine | 1 Jan 2019 - 30 Jun 2019 XLSX, 110.66 KB

Gaming machine report by Local Government Area (LGA)

For each LGA this report amalgamates the:

  • number of venues - clubs or hotels in the LGA
  • combined net profit and tax
  • number of electronic gaming machines operating in the area.

Where there are fewer than five venues are in an LGA, the LGA is combined with a neighbouring LGA.

Download report: Clubs | Gaming machine report by LGA | 1 Jun 18 - 30 Nov 18 XLSX, 45.4 KB
Download report:Hotels | Gaming machine report by LGA | 1 Jul 18 - 31 Dec 18 XLSX, 46.2 KB

State rankings by gaming machine profit report

For each club and hotel, these reports contain the:

  • licence number and licence name
  • suburb and postcode
  • local government area (LGA)
  • number of electronic gaming machines
  • state rankings by net profit.

Download report:Clubs | State rankings by gaming machine net profit | 1 Jun 18 - 30 Nov 18 XLSX, 118.9 KB
Download report:Hotels | State rankings by gaming machine net profit | 1 Jul 18 - 31 Dec 18 XLSX, 131.86 KB

State rankings by profit per gaming machine report

For each club and hotel, these reports contain the:

  • licence number and licence name
  • suburb and postcode
  • local government area (LGA)
  • number of electronic gaming machines
  • state rankings by net profit per gaming machine.

Download report:Clubs | State rankings by net profit per gaming machine | 1 Jun 2018 - 30 Nov 2018 XLSX, 113.34 KB
Download report: Hotels | State rankings by net profit per gaming machine | 1 Jul 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 XLSX, 126.88 KB

Note: A software error linked to a legacy reporting tool resulted in 12 hotels (located in 11 separate local government areas) not being published in our latest hotel gaming data reports. The software error only affected the reporting of total profit and duty figures in the 11 local government areas for the 1 April 2018 to 30 June 2018 reporting period. No other reporting periods were impacted. There were no discrepancies in gaming machine numbers.

Gaming machine report by Local Government Area (LGA)

For each LGA this report amalgamates the:

  • number of venues - clubs or hotels in the LGA
  • combined net profit and tax
  • number of electronic gaming machines operating in the area.

Where there are fewer than five venues are in an LGA, the LGA is combined with a neighbouring LGA.

Download report: Clubs | Gaming machine report by LGA | 1 Dec 17 - 31 May 18 XLSX, 52.27 KB

Download report: Hotels | Gaming machine report by LGA | 1 Jan 18 - 30 Jun 18 XLSX, 47.14 KB

State rankings by gaming machine profit report

For each club and hotel, these reports contain the:

  • licence number and licence name
  • suburb and postcode
  • local government area (LGA)
  • number of electronic gaming machines
  • state rankings by net profit.

Download report: Clubs | State rankings by gaming machine net profit | 1 Dec 17 - 31 May 18 XLSX, 125.22 KB

Download report: Hotels | State rankings by gaming machine net profit | 1 Jan 18 - 30 Jun 18 XLSX, 145.99 KB

State rankings by profit per gaming machine report

For each club and hotel, these reports contain the:

  • licence number and licence name
  • suburb and postcode
  • local government area (LGA)
  • number of electronic gaming machines
  • state rankings by net profit per gaming machine.

Download report: Clubs | State rankings by net profit per gaming machine | 1 Dec 2017 - 31 May 2018 XLSX, 119.68 KB

Download report: Hotels | State rankings by net profit per gaming machine | 1 Jan 2018 - 30 Jun 2018 XLSX, 133.56 KB

Gaming machine report by Local Government Area (LGA)

For each LGA this report amalgamates the:

  • number of venues - clubs or hotels in the LGA
  • combined net profit and tax
  • number of electronic gaming machines operating in the area.

Where there are fewer than five venues are in an LGA, the LGA is combined with a neighbouring LGA.

Download report: Clubs | Gaming machine report by LGA | 1 Jun 17 - 30 Nov 17 XLSX, 53.27 KB

Download report: Hotels | Gaming machine report by LGA | 1 Jul 17 - 31 Dec 17 XLSX, 52.25 KB

State rankings by gaming machine profit report

For each club and hotel, these reports contain the:

  • licence number and licence name
  • suburb and postcode
  • local government area (LGA)
  • number of electronic gaming machines
  • state rankings by net profit.

Download report: Clubs | State rankings by gaming machine net profit | 1 Jun 17 - 30 Nov 17 XLSX, 128.83 KB

Download report: Hotels | State rankings by gaming machine net profit | 1 Jul 17 - 31 Dec 17 XLSX, 139.28 KB

State rankings by profit per gaming machine report

For each club and hotel, these reports contain the:

  • licence number and licence name
  • suburb and postcode
  • local government area (LGA)
  • number of electronic gaming machines
  • state rankings by net profit per gaming machine.

Download report: Clubs | State rankings by net profit per gaming machine | 1 Jun 2017 - 30 Nov 2017 XLSX, 131.18 KB

Download report: Hotels | State rankings by net profit per gaming machine | 1 Jul 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 XLSX, 134.3 KB

Gaming machine report by Local Government Area (LGA)

For each LGA this report amalgamates the:

  • number of venues - clubs or hotels in the LGA
  • combined net profit and tax
  • number of electronic gaming machines operating in the area.

Where there are fewer than five venues are in an LGA, the LGA is combined with a neighbouring LGA.

Download report: Clubs | Gaming machine report by LGA | 1 Dec 16 - 31 May 17 XLSX, 52.22 KB

Download report: Hotels | Gaming machine report by LGA | 1 Jan 17 - 30 Jun 17 XLSX, 52.24 KB

State rankings by gaming machine profit report

For each club and hotel, these reports contain the:

  • licence number and licence name
  • suburb and postcode
  • local government area (LGA)
  • number of electronic gaming machines
  • state rankings by net profit.

Download report: Clubs | State rankings by gaming machine net profit | 1 Dec 16 - 31 May 17 XLSX, 124.99 KB

Download report: Hotels | State rankings by gaming machine net profit | 1 Jan 17 - 30 Jun 17 XLSX, 138.76 KB

State rankings by profit per gaming machine report

For each club and hotel, these reports contain the:

  • licence number and licence name
  • suburb and postcode
  • local government area (LGA)
  • number of electronic gaming machines
  • state rankings by net profit per gaming machine.

Download report: Clubs | State rankings by net profit per gaming machine | 1 Dec 16 - 31 May 17 XLSX, 119.04 KB

Download report: Hotels | State rankings by net profit per gaming machine | 1 Jan 17 - 30 Jun 17 XLSX, 133.44 KB

Australia has more poker machines per person than any country in the world, excluding casino-tourism destinations like Macau and Monaco. It has nearly 200,000 machines – one for every 114 people.

This startling statistic resulted from a wave of pokie liberalisation during the 1990s that saw them introduced into pubs and clubs in every state and territory – except Western Australia.

To track the social impacts of this expansion, state and territory governments have commissioned surveys to measure the levels of gambling consumption and gambling-related harm. In total, more than 275,000 Australians have been interviewed in 42 studies of this kind since 1994.

We recently conducted an analysis of these studies to build a nationwide picture of how pokie gambling has changed across Australia over the past 25 years. We linked the participation rates reported by the surveys with government data on actual poker machine expenditure in pubs and clubs for each jurisdiction – converted into 2015 dollars to account for inflation.

The expenditure data exclude poker machines in casinos; these data are not disaggregated for government reporting purposes.

Consequently, the figures we present here should be considered minimums – especially in Tasmania and the Northern Territory, where a large proportion of pokies are located in casinos. WA is excluded from the expenditure analysis because it has no pokies outside Burswood Casino.

A recent gradual decline in pokie losses

Nationally, pokie losses in pubs and clubs increased fourfold between 1990 and 2000 before plateauing at around A$860 per adult per year in 2005. Since 2005, there has been a consistent gradual decline in gambling losses across the various jurisdictions. Throughout this period, pokie losses per adult in New South Wales have remained around 50% higher than the national average.

The biggest contributor to the decline since 2005 has been tobacco control, not gambling policy. The introduction of indoor smoking bans across Australia in the 2000s hit pokie revenues quite hard.

It is also likely that caps on pokie numbers – which have been relatively stable since 2000 – played a role in limiting pokie expenditure.

However, this should give no reason for complacency. The decline in pokie revenue is slowing, and possibly beginning to reverse in NSW, the NT and Queensland.

Current annual losses on pokies in pubs and clubs for Australia amount to $633 per adult. Losses in NSW are highest at $978 per adult and lowest in Tasmania at $283 per adult – although casinos play a more important role in Tasmania.

These figures are very high by world standards. The losses by Australians on pokies outside of casinos dwarf those of any other comparable country. They are 2.4 times greater than those of our nearest rival, Italy.

These losses are even more anomalous when compared to non-casino gambling machines in other English-speaking countries. Australians lose three times more than New Zealanders, 4.1 times more than Canadians, 6.4 times more than the Irish, 7.5 times more than the British, and 9.8 times more than Americans.

Nsw Poker Machine Revenue Recognition

Falling numbers of pokie gamblers

The modest decline in losses since the mid-2000s has been driven by a falling number of people playing the pokies.

The chart below shows the proportion of the adult population in each Australian state or territory that gambles on pokies at least once per year. These proportions are derived from the surveys described above. Each survey estimate is represented by a single dot.

Participation rates peaked shortly after pokies were introduced in the late 1990s at around 40% for the larger states. Since that time, participation has consistently dropped to below 30% across Australia and has fallen to less than 20% in Tasmania, Victoria and the ACT.

Amounts lost per gambler have remained constant

Dividing the pokie losses in clubs and pubs for each jurisdiction by the number of actual gamblers reveals the average amount lost per pokie gambler per year as shown by the chart below. Some lines on this chart are shorter than others because the survey-based participation data is not uniformly available.

The reduction in total pokie losses since 2005 has not been matched by a corresponding decline in losses per individual gambler. After a reduction due to the smoking bans, losses per gambler appear to have plateaued – with some jurisdictions trending up (ACT and NT) and others down (NSW and SA).

This suggests that while fewer people are playing the pokies, the amount of money lost per gambler has remained relatively constant. And this amount appears very high.

Nsw Poker Machine Revenue Reports

The amount lost per pokie gambler (just in pubs and clubs) in both NSW and Victoria is around $3,500 per year, or around $65 per week. The ACT sits at around $3,000 per gambler per year, followed by the NT and Tasmania at around $1,500 per year.

To put this in some perspective, the average Australian adult spent $1,245 on electricity and gas in 2014-15.

Nsw Poker Machine Revenue Calculator

And while we now have concerted government action to reduce energy costs, the regulatory reforms required to reduce the amount of losses for pokie gamblers are not on the legislative agenda in most of Australia.