Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (IGA) It is illegal to offer some interactive gambling activities, such as “online casinos”, to someone in Australia. Examples include roulette, poker, craps, online slot machines, and blackjack. To date, online slot machines are perfectly legal for access by local players. They have managed to become a really big market in Australia.
This is exactly why most web-based casinos typically offer more than 250 slot variations. Some forms of online gambling are legal in Australia, but others are not. Gambling is an activity undertaken by many Australians. Over 80% of Australian adults participate in some form of gambling, which is the highest gambling rate in the world.
This figure includes about 4% of the adult population who play slot machines once a week, accounting for about 62% of locals' annual spending on gambling. Regulated interactive gaming services include betting services (except sports betting services in online play and betting on the outcome of lotteries, which are prohibited) and lottery services (except instant lotteries or online scratchcards, which are also prohibited). Secondly, to offer legal types of online gambling, there is a requirement to have a license issued by the state or territory that allows online gambling. Keno licensees can offer their products through retail stores, online only (in the case of NSW) and online (in the case of ACT).
The Act targets online gambling operators, making it an offence for them to offer interactive online gambling for “real money” to residents of Australia. In addition, the law also prohibits online casinos from advertising interactive real money gaming services, such as online poker and casinos, to local citizens. The ACMA website has more information about online gambling, including a list of electronic gambling services licensed to monitor legal aid in Australia, tips for protecting yourself from illegal gambling sites, and filing a complaint against an online casino site. As mentioned above, some of the illegal types of online gambling include online casinos, bingo and poker.
Traditionally, gambling was carried out only at gambling locations, but, with the introduction of new technologies, they are now widely carried out online and by telephone (apart from online casino-type products, which remain illegal). It aims to give local users the opportunity to make online payments, including online casino deposits, quickly, safely and easily.