Certainly a hot topic among online gamblers who live within the Australian circle, the Australian Gambling Law is still full of debate. Since 2001, this law was introduced with government conditions to limit local gambling authorities from offering legal gambling to their clients. However the limitations were less than practical, since the initial law that was created focused on Internet gambling. This new initiative was devised to protect the public from the harmful damage that gambling could cause to the Australian citizens. Secondly, it prohibits online Australian casinos from offering services involving actual money and advertising of these services.
So how exactly does this process affect the Australian public and the online gambling community? What the law did do was simple enough. It makes it illegal to operate an online casino directly within Australian borders. This new law did raise concerns about the awareness of online gambling towards Aussies, but it did not prohibit non-Australians from the same online activity.
As a result, foreign travelers and anyone else who isn’t actually an Australian citizen can enjoy online gambling due to this exception. While there are imposed fines for Australian citizens and online casinos, there is no actual law that says an individual cannot place bets through online casinos at all!
As confusing as the law has implied, no current revising of the original 2001 ˝IGA˝ (Interactive Gambling Act), has been introduced. Nor does such future revising of the law imply that it will be limited anytime soon. This has been considered a big win for casino operators who feel their services offered are entirely in the hands of customers who like to enjoy online gambling. Thus the business has continued to flourish even beyond the local borders. Online casinos outside Australia provide have been unaffected by this law without disruption to this day. Even though the Aussie government considers this form of online gambling to be in violation of their law, the power to enforce the law itself is impossible thus far.
Some points of the ˝IGA˝ law are completely disregarded when it comes to Sports bets and lotteries. Many online companies were unaffected due to the fact they were associated with a land-based business. As long as a bet was wagered before an actual event, it wasn’t considered to be interactive gambling! Other firms could offer their services easily through lottery games as long as they didn’t include instant win cards. Oddly enough, the recent use of smart phones and mobile tablets introduced a whole new level of online gambling that created a whole revolution to the online customer gambling freedom. The use of smartcards to wager with online casinos protects the right to privacy for any citizen who loves their choice of online gaming.
As current Australian government pushes to totally remove the ‘Pokies’ from the face of Australia, they have admitted the failure of the force behind the 2001 law itself. They simply do not have a large enough budget to enforce the law itself. Despite their attempts to curb online gambling, their latest platform seems to focus on the removal of actual land-based pokie machines in local casinos across the country. They might have another uphill battle to face, besides the fact that Australians simply love their Pokies!