Disrupting illegal offshore gambling

12-month report into the ACMA’s actions under the Interactive Gambling Act 2001

31 Oct 2018

Illegal offshore gambling has a social and fnancial impact on Australian consumers, Australia’s regulated gambling industry, race and sporting industries, and government.

In 2017, the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (IGA) was amended to combat illegal offshore gambling through stronger enforcement and disruption measures.

The amendments gave the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA):

  • expanded responsibilities and new powers to enforce prohibitions on providing or advertising illegal interactive gambling services
  • new deterrent and disruption tools
  • a role in raising awareness of Australian gambling laws to help minimise the supply and use of illegal interactive gambling services

In the frst 12 months of operation, we have moved decisively to crack down on illegal operators in the Australian interactive gambling market.

We established an Interactive Gambling Taskforce, which has targeted education, engagement and enforcement action to di srupt and deter prohibited and unlicensed offshore gambling services.

We have engaged with infuential players in the offshore gambling market to raise awareness of the changes to Australian interactive gambling laws, and our role in actively enforcing them.

We have established key relationships with international gambling regulators, who have actively engaged with operators licensed in their jurisdiction on our behalf. We have also worked to establish cooperative relationships with other regulatory agencies in Australia that have a role in regulating the online gambling market.

Our investigations and enforcement activity has been targeted to have the greatest impact in disrupting offshore gambling.

This strategic approach has proven effective in driving compliance, refected in the:

  • withdrawal of prominent offshore gambling sites from the Australian market
  • downward trend in offshore gambling expenditure.


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