Australia Gambling Blocklist Expands

The Australian authorities have taken further action in their attempt to crack down on illegal gambling sites serving Australian customers.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has taken action to ensure that all internet service providers based in Australian block another nine illegal sites. The action has been taken under the Telecommunications Act, section 313, which gives the ACMA considerable power.

According to media reports, the sites that will face blocking going forward are GW Casino, Roo Casino, Joe Fortune, Wager Beat, Casino Dingo, Ignition Casino, Top Bet, AU Slots and XBet. The ACMA says that it has received almost 80 official complaints regarding these sites, which promoted it to take action. In a statement, an ACMA spokesperson confirmed that all of the sites that have now been blocked were found to be offering illegal betting services under Australian law.

The new wave of enforcement against illegal sites started in 2017, when the ACMA began to step up its activities. Since then, more than 90 online gambling operators have had their sites shut down, forcing them out of the Australian betting sector.

Lost Taxation

According to Paul Fletcher, the Australian Communications Minister, nearly AU$400 million every year is gambled on illegal sites, which means that the Australian government loses as much as AU$100 in potential taxation annually.

Fletcher added that the ACMA has a variety of powers that it can use to keep Australian gamblers safe, which included civil penalty orders and formal warnings. But he acknowledged that it was sometimes difficult to take action against offshore operators, which was why it was important for a number of bodies to co-operate on the issue:

“This is an important partnership with the Communications Alliance, and I want to acknowledge industry’s support. Working with ACMA, these additional measures give ISPs the ability to block illegal websites, protecting Australians and contributing to a safer online gambling environment.”

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