The Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (IGA) prohibits certain online gambling services from being provided or advertised to Australians. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is responsible for enforcing the IGA, and they continue to take action to combat illegal services that do or have the potential to cause social and financial harm to the Australian community.
In 2020–21, one of the ACMA’s compliance priorities focused on illegal online casinos that target Australians. Their activities were directed at 56 illegal offshore casinos identified as causing the greatest harm to the Australian community (targeted casinos).
The ACMA found the control of these casinos to be concentrated in the hands of only a small number of operators (targeted operators). They undertook a strategic approach to investigation and enforcement activities under the IGA to cause the maximum disruption to these targeted operators and online casinos.