Fierce competition among gambling providers and rising regulatory constraints have restrained the Social Clubs industry's revenue growth over the past five years. Prior to 2010-11, a steady increase in gaming machine numbers and lax legislation provided some support for the industry. However, state governments' introduction of caps on the total number of gaming machines allowed in each club hampered revenue growth, as the industry derives the majority of its revenue from gambling. However, industry revenue is still expected to rise by an annualised 2.2% over the five years through 2015-16. This includes a rise of 1.4% during 2015-16, to reach $10.7 billion.
This report includes clubs or associations in the gambling, sporting, social (such as RSL clubs) or recreational areas that generate income predominantly from hospitality services. Clubs that mainly provide sporting services, including racing clubs, are not included in the industry. The industry covers both licensed and unlicensed clubs, as well as those that have gambling licences.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.