The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has taken action by requesting Australian internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to 12 additional websites that are in violation of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.
The ACMA's investigation revealed that these websites, including Tsars, Zen Casino, Zen Betting, Cleopatra Casino, Goodman Casino, Zoome Casino, Yabby Casino, Neon54, Rabona, 5Gringos, AlfCasino, and 1Red, have been breaching the act's provisions, which were amended in 2017 to address the issue of illegal offshore gambling.
While the specific nature of the violations committed by each website remains unclear, one common infringement of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 is the promotion of real-money interactive gambling services or bonuses to Australian citizens. As a result of the enforcement of offshore gambling regulations, over 200 services have already been deemed illegal and subsequently removed from the market.
In addition to the 12 newly flagged websites, there are currently 785 gambling and affiliate websites that have been blocked by ISPs in response to the ACMA's request, which dates back to November 2019. This concerted effort aims to restrict access to these platforms and prevent Australians from engaging in illegal gambling activities.
The ACMA, in its statement, wants to remind consumers that even if a gambling service appears legitimate, it lacks the necessary customer protections. Therefore, using illegal gambling services puts Australians at risk of losing their money. To verify the legitimacy of a wagering service, the ACMA advises individuals to consult their register, which lists licensed operators authorized to operate in Australia.
A report by Responsible Wagering Australia has shed light on the financial implications of illegal offshore gambling for Australia. According to the report, the country could potentially lose AU$3 billion (US$2 billion) in tax revenue between 2022 and 2027 if the issue is not effectively addressed.
It is worth noting that this recent action is not the sole regulatory effort underway in Australia. In related news, it was announced earlier that new gaming compliance inspections will be carried out across New South Wales, demonstrating the ongoing commitment to upholding regulatory standards in the country.
By fLEXI tEAM