|Senator Richard Alston, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, yesterday revealed a background paper as a fraction of the review of Commonwealth interactive gambling legislation. |
Under section 68 of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (IGA), the review will take in to account issues associated with Commonwealth regulation of interactive gambling in Australia.
The review will consider present exemptions from the IGA for specific types of interactive gambling service and all the relevant technological advances. What’s more it will also debate over issues relating to the enforceability of financial arrangements in terms of interactive gambling services.
It was said that the IGA was introduced as a result of community concerns about online gambling accessibility and availability in Australia. Therefore the Government’s approach to prevention of harmful effects of gambling on the Australian community has relied heavily on the IGA.
Under legislation it is illegal to provide interactive gaming services in Australia and furthermore, to advertise services of such nature including online casino-style services connecting games of chance or mixed chance and skill, such as roulette, poker, craps, online poker machines and blackjack. Yet lottery services, telephone betting, and wagering with a designated broadcasting or datacasting link are currently exempted under the IGA.