This report reviews the effectiveness of the Interactive Gambling Act in reducing harm to problem gamblers and those at risk of becoming problem gamblers.
The review proposes a number of changes to the IGA, including:
- Introducing a national standard for harm minimisation and consumer protection;
- Strengthening enforcement and deterrence measures against overseas unlicensed online gambling providers;
- Increasing awareness among consumers about the risks of using unlicensed gambling providers;
- Establishing a trial of online tournament poker in Australia, subject to a strict regulatory framework and a requirement that participating providers cease providing higher risk gambling services to Australians, like online slot machines;
- Prohibiting micro-betting (such as ball-by-ball bets in cricket or point-by-point bets in tennis) across all platforms; and
- Requiring that any form of 'in-the-run' wagering, on any platform, be approved by the relevant state regulator and the national sports governing body.