Overview of Australian Gambling Environment
Australia is being regarded as one of the gambling-friendly countries across the world. Some recent research studies have revealed that over 80 percent of Australians are involved in any type of gambling events. The citizens of Australia are mainly involved in the sports betting events, National Lottery events and entire casino experiences.
Overview of Online Gambling in Australia
During the middle of 1990s, this has been assumed that the country of Australia has welcomed online gambling market for Australian players. However this assumption is certainly wrong. The main problem behind this from the perspective of Australia is that online services as whole is difficult, in case it has not become possible for regulating them. If majority of the well-known casinos across the world operate from outside of Australia, how the government of Australia could can extract taxes from these online casino operators, especially, when the casino operators attract the customers, visiting to other local casinos.
Overview of Interactive Gambling Act in Australia
The country of Australia has continued and is still continuing various investigation methods, so that they can police different online services in effective manner. In addition, they have passed moratorium on the operation of various newly launched online casinos in the country. In the year 2001, the government of Australia has enacted their IGA (Interactive Gambling Act) for regulating all sorts of gambling activities in the country. These laws have put an end to the aspirations of all Australian gambling groups, entering in to the sector of online gambling.
Interesting Features of IGA in Australia
The interesting feature of the gambling law or IGA of Australia is that the regulation has not considered the act of enjoying online poker and other casino games in any of the online websites as illegal. Therefore, citizens of Australia can enjoy any of the activities of online gambling, such as online lottery, online sports betting, online poker and other online casino games such as luck-based bingo games and strategy-based online blackjack and so on.
However, the gambling law of Australia has put restrictions on the entire online casino website from accepting the accounts of players belong to the country of Australia. In addition, Australia has given exception to online sports betting activities. IGA has mentioned that Australia has considered placing of bets on online sports betting activities as legal, with some of the restrictions on in-play betting or on events going on within the country of Australia.
Legal Position of Online Gambling in Australia
At present, the online gambling is in an odd legal position within the country of Australia. The reason for this is that on one side, gambling regulation permit the players to enjoy gambling events, however, on the other side, online gambling websites are not allowed to offer any kind of online gambling services to all players, belonged to the country of Australia. This implies that the online gambling operators of Australia have to abide by the various rules and clauses of IGA. However, in reality, majority of Australian online gambling websites violate IGA rules and clauses. This means, they happily entertain the players of Australia for registering online accounts with their websites. In addition, they provide all the online gambling products and services to Australian gamblers, without showing any concern towards the prosecution threat of Australia. When this article is written, none of the operator was prosecuted under these laws.