Since it started in 1961, the TAB has impressively contributed over $2 billion to Western Australia. From funding health, education and community services, to supporting more than 11,000 jobs in this state, here's where one year's TAB turnover of over $1 billion goes.
83% of the total turnover goes to the TAB's customers in winnings.
Around $57.6 Million is returned to the Racing Industry - money that's vital to the racing and to the job security of over 11,000 people, ranging from jockeys, animal feed manufacturers through to veterinarians and breeders.
A further 4.5% (approximately $48 Million) goes to the State Government to assist with health, education and welfare programmes as well as other essential community services. Additionally, revenue raised from Sports Betting contributes towards the Sports Development Trust which assists junior sports development in this state.
Finally, approximately $51 Million covers the cost of operating the RWWA itself - a logistically complex organisation providing a leisure entertainment service for hundreds of thousands of Western Australians and employment for several hundred staff and agents all around the State. It also indirectly assists scores of other businesses, such as hotels, with the introduction of services like PubTAB and TABistro. One third of operating costs are paid in commission to TAB Agents who engage around 1500 employees and are one of WA's major small business networks.
So remember, when you have your next bet at the WA TAB, you're not only investing a few dollars for the chance of a win, you're investing in thousands of jobs, the support of your favourite sports and indeed, in Western Australia itself.