Australian Decision on Online Gambling
By staff
Australia and online gaming have always been a fishy can of worms. Online gaming was legal, then illegal then legal again, but not for Australians…so what’s next? If the Interactive Gaming Council (IGC), the unofficial voice of the online gaming community, has its say, Australian government will comprehensively develop a set of rules that will afford online gamblers protection without limiting their rights.

“Rather than allow the industry to continue in uncharted territory, regulation is needed to protect players, instill confidence and to potentially create a new revenue source,” the IGC said in a submission to the Australian federal Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

Currently the Australian model for online gaming legislation, known as the AUS Model, ironically disallows its nationals to gamble at licensed Australian gambling websites, but permits foreign players to do so. The result is that Australians are going and gambling with offshore websites, and are not protected by the licensing regulations of their home territory.

While Australia analyses the future of e-gaming in its jurisdiction, it is interesting to note that since legalized online gambling opened in Australia, only 15 complaints have been received regarding online gaming earmarking it as a highly effective and successful industry that did not fall short in scruples as its original opponents had predicted.

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