Australia's interactive gambling laws are under review, with
the release of the discussion paper Review of the Interactive
Gambling Act 2001.
What will the interactive gambling review look
The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital
Economy has been asked to review the Interactive Gambling
Act with reference to:
the growth of online gambling services (both regulated and
unregulated) in Australia and overseas, and the risk of this to the
incidence of problem gambling;
the development of new technologies, including smart-phones,
and the convergence of existing technologies that may accelerate
the current trend towards the take-up of online gambling services
in Australia and overseas;
the adequacy of the existing provisions of the Act, including
technical, operational and enforcement issues relating to the
prohibition of interactive gambling services and the advertising of
consideration, where appropriate, of technology and platform
neutrality including current distinctions relating to betting on
the run and micro-betting;
international regulatory approaches to online gambling services
including consideration of their effectiveness and cost;
examination of the social, tax, jurisdictional and enforcement
aspects of regulated access to interactive gambling services
currently prohibited under the Act;
harm minimisation strategies for online gambling;
the findings of the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform
inquiry into interactive and online gambling and gambling
advertising (which is yet to report) and the Productivity
Commission Inquiry Report on Gambling (2010), and
any other relevant matters.
What happens now?
Submissions on the discussion paper are due by 21 October 2011.
The Department might conduct further consultations with submitters
to clarify aspects of their submission or to gather further
The final report is due by the first half of 2012, subject to
the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform reporting by the end
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