ACMA to block illegal gambling sites in Australia

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ACMA to block illegal gambling sites in Australia

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has blocked additional illegal gambling sites that violate existing legislation.

Since the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 was enacted, the ACMA has been proactive in eliminating any form of unlicensed or unregulated gambling.

The ACMA consistently informs internet service providers about prohibited internet gambling content, ensuring transparency and compliance with procedures outlined in an industry code or practice specified in the Gambling Act.

The latest sites to be blocked include:

  • Jogi Casino
  • Dundee Slots
  • Lucky Hunter
  • Lucky Wins
  • Lukki Casino
  • Spin Fever
  • Clubhouse Casino
  • Winport Casino

The regulator will block sites if they pose a risk to the safety of Australians who enjoy online gambling. Unregulated sites can present hidden threats to an individual’s online security, such as the absence of wagering limits and timeouts, which can harm users when placing bets.

To help users identify safe sites, the ACMA has created a list of approved sites and operators that comply with the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 requirements.

Operators in Australia must have a valid license to advertise approved gambling methods. For instance, Australia prohibits standard in-play gambling.

Late last year, several major online betting companies were sanctioned. The operators of Ladbrokes, Neds, bet365, and Sportsbet were found guilty of non-compliance with interactive gambling rules.

In Australia, gamblers cannot place a bet during an event unless it is conducted and placed via phone. The ACMA discovered that bettors were using web-based applications from these operators to place bets and then calling to confirm the in-play wager.

The regulator has cracked down on major players in the gambling industry, demanding a revision of practices and online security methods to prevent this prohibited form of wagering.