The Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 will address illegal offshore gambling operators in effect.

10 August 2017

The new measures: 

  • require anyone providing a regulated interactive gambling service in Australia to hold a licence under Australian State or Territory laws
  • introduce a civil penalty regime to be enforced by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
  • prohibit ‘click-to-call’ in-play betting services
  • prohibit wagering operators from providing lines of credit either directly, or via a third party, to persons present in Australia
  • enable the ACMA to notify international regulators of information relating to prohibited or unlicensed regulated interactive gambling services
  • establish a register of legal interactive gambling services to be published on the ACMA website
  • enable the ACMA to notify the Department of Immigration and Border Protection of the names of directors or principals of offending gambling services so they may be placed on the Movement Alert List and any travel to Australia may be disrupted
  • include a series of related measures to further clarify the legality of services under the Bill and support ACMA’s increased enforcement role.

The amendments were made in response to the 2015 Review of the Impact of Illegal Offshore Wagering led by the Hon Barry O’Farrell.

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