AW8 Australia Privacy And Policy

AW8 Australia is one of the countries that have a clear set of rules concerning online gambling. Operators and gamblers are expected to adhere to these legal provisions for safe operation.

The Interactive Gambling Act is responsible for setting online gambling rules. The act covers all gambling activities that happen over the internet using a site, an app, or telephone.

Authorities and Legislation

This part focuses on legal entities that govern specific gambling activities in different jurisdictions.

Casino Gaming

Regulated by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). The Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (Cth) prohibits online casino gambling.

However, one can still apply for an ‘internet gaming license’ in the Northern Territory. This lets them offer gaming products beyond Australia under specific conditions.

Poker

ACMA. The Interactive Gaming Act also prohibits online poker. There have, however, been recent lobbying for approval that it’s a game of skill. However, many Australians still enjoy the game online through the legal services that provide it.

Bingo

This game operates under the State and Territory gambling regulators, as we will share below.

Betting

Online betting falls under the regulators we have shared below.

Fantasy Betting

These are services offered by corporate bookmakers licensed in the Northern Territory. They are Northern Territory Racing Commission (NTRC) and Licensing NT.

Skill games and competitions without an element of chance

These games may be regulated by the State and Territory gambling regulatory bodies.

Australia does not have a single overreaching statute to regulate gambling. Also, there is no single overreaching authority for the activity. Both State/Territory and Federal Authorities take part in governing these activities.

State/Territory level regulators

  • Victoria (Vic) – The Victorian Commission for Liquor and Gambling Regulation
  • New South Wales (NSW – Liquor and Gaming New South Wales, under the NSW Department of Customer Service
  • Queensland (Qld) – Qld Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation
  • Australian Capital Territory (ACT) – The Gambling and Racing Commission under the Minister of Regulator Services.
  • South Australia (SA) – Consumer and Business Services under the Attorney- General’s Department.
  • Tasmania ( Tas) – Tasmania Liquor and Gaming Commission
  • Western Australia (WA) – The Western Australia Department of Racing, Gaming, and Liquor under the Minister of Racing and Gaming.
  • Northern Territory (NT) – NTRC and Licensing NT under the Department of the Attorney- General, and Justice

Federal level

Through the Australian Constitution, the Federal Government can regulate and govern telecommunication, money, and trade, among other things, in the States and Territories.

Here are the relevant bodies for the same:

a.  Interactive gambling

ACMA. The Federal Interactive gambling laws prohibit online casinos, slot machines and poker, online wagering that use in-play betting, and online wagering services.

b.  AML/CTF

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) regulates AML and CTF. Certain entities must register with AUSTRAC under the AML/CTF Act)

c. Competition

The Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) through the Australia Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) regulates competition.

Licenses and Restrictions

An operator license is crucial to the operation of an online casino. Each State and Territory has a relevant Casino Control Act. These are the bodies that issue casino Licenses. Australia has 14 casino licenses on the issue.

Corporate Bookmarkers provide online and telephone odds betting. A relevant license is also issued for gaming machines.

All licenses are under strict restrictions as set out by specific authorities. The main restriction is about the type of gambling activity a provider offers.

i. Operator License

One must have an Operator License to conduct these gambling activities in Australia:

  • Casinos
  • Retail Wagering
  • Lotteries
  • Keno
  • Instant lotteries to persons in Australia.

These licenses are always State/Territory-based.

ii. Bookmaker License

These services are licensed only under the sports bookmaker License. The NT issues it (Corporate Bookmaker License. The State or Territory issues an alternative on-course bookmaker license.

Online Gambling

Online Gambling has been growing steadily over the past several years in Australia. Local operators are expected to hold relevant licenses to offer these services.

The Interactive Gambling Act allows overseas-based operators holding relevant State/Territory Licenses to offer online gambling services. These activities fall under ACMA.

Casino licenses cannot extend to online activities in Australia. It’s prohibited under the act. Lottery licenses, retail wagering, corporate bookmaker, on-course bookmakers, and other betting operators can operate online.

Enforcement and Liability

State/Territory laws carry a wide range of provisions on gambling. They impose obligations on licensees, other stakeholders, and sometimes consumers. These laws contain offenses on unlawful gambling and what might happen.

Regulatory bodies have shown a willingness to work with licenses to handle issues regarding local laws. Civil penalty offenses are prosecuted under the AML/CTF Act.

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