Australia Probes Online Gambling Regulation Violations

Published Friday, February 23, 2018 -
Australia Probes Online Gambling Regulation Violations

Last March the Australian Senate gave its approval to a number of amendments to the country’s new online gambling laws that ban internet poker and in-play sports betting. Now the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has revealed it has found 19 breaches of Australia’s online gambling laws.

The Australian government implemented the revised Interactive Gambling Act 2001, banning all remote operators from offering various services.  A report compiled by, exposed that the ACMA had in a three-month period beginning on September 13, received a total of 108 enquiries and complaints related to suspected violations of the new gambling regulations.

The ACMA confirmed it had found 38 of the transgressions to be valid and then opted to launch 18 separate investigations into the suspect matters. It was noted by the ACMA that 10 of these investigations identified 19 breaches of the existing law, nine of which were related to offering a prohibited interactive gambling service, eight for offering unlicensed regulated interactive gambling services and products and two of which were related to advertising the prohibited product offerings.

The Australian regulator has not revealed the identity of the operators involved in the extensive probes, it did state however that a total of 65 distinct URLs were studied during the investigative process. The ACMA mentioned that it had “successfully engaged” with the firms that breached the amended gambling laws. The online gambling industry has been not taking care to follow the rules in the Australian market making it difficult for those who do.


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