This website provides a summary of the key points and findings of a policy project that investigates a perverse incentive created through the Gambling Act 2003, where the rules ensuring a proportion of money spent on gambling is returned to the community have resulted in a dependency by community groups and agencies on those funds. This dependency undermines efforts to control the growth of gambling, which is another key purpose of the Act that serves to prevent and minimise the harm caused by gambling, including problem gambling.

The project focuses specifically on policy relating to Class 4 gaming machines (referred to as pokie machines or non-casino gaming machines), because pokie machines are considered the most harmful form of gambling.