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  • BETFAIR AUSTRALIA MISSES PROBLEM GAMBLING RED FLAGS & MUST REFUND $150,000

    Northern Territory Racing Commission orders Betfair Australia ordered to refund A$150,000 to problem gambler. Betfair Australia (owned by Crown Resorts), has been ordered to refund A$150,000 and pay a fine of A$13,000 for allowing a problem gambler to reverse a withdrawal request. An investigation by the Northern Territory Racing Commission...
  • Cryptocurrencies could be rejected in Australia

    Australian gaming regulators are debating the future of iGaming bets with cryptocurrencies. Australia.- The online gaming industry in Australia could be further regulated with new laws controlling cryptocurrencies. Although the online bookmaker Neds has recently begun its legal operations in the market, the Australian Financial Review, the Northern Territory...
  • Poker machines: Crown casino did not mislead players with design – judge

    A federal court judge has found Crown Melbourne and a poker machine developer did not breach consumer law through the design of one of its popular electronic gaming machines. The case was brought by former gambling addict Shonica Guy, who was represented pro-bono by Maurice Blackburn lawyers. They argued...
  • Gambling regulators to investigate ‘loot boxes’ in video games

    Australian gambling regulators are considering whether pay-to-win “loot boxes” in video games constitute gambling and may be in breach of state laws. The recent release of Star Wars Battlefront 2, one of the year’s gaming blockbusters, has renewed a global debate about the convergence of gambling mechanisms and video games. Authorities...
  • Sports betting ads to be banned ‘siren to siren’

    The federal government is poised to introduce new laws to ban gamb­ling advertising during live sporting events as early as next week — but the imminent move has prompted angry opposition from sporting bodies, which say the move will dramatically reduce funds for grassroots sport. The Australian understands that...
  • Australia seeks national point of consumption online betting tax

    Australia’s federal government wants to harmonize state-level online sports betting point-of-consumption taxes (POCT), potentially dealing a blow to the Northern Territory’s status as the country’s premier online licensing jurisdiction. On Friday, Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison (pictured) held a meeting with his state and territory counterparts to discuss the upcoming...
  • Industry Condemns South Australian ‘Punters Tax’

    The Australian Wagering Council (AWC) has warned that punters will “bear the brunt” of South Australia’s proposed new 15 percent place of consumption tax on betting companies. The South Australian Government has announced plans to introduce a levy on the net wagering revenue (NWR) of betting companies offering services...
  • South Australia introduces ‘place of consumption’ gambling tax

    The state of South Australia has introduced a 15% interstate tax on gambling, based on the place of consumption. All bets placed in South Australia with Australian-based betting companies will now be liable for the tax, Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said. The tax will raise AU$9.2 million ($7 million) a...
  • South Australia to introduce new gambling tax

    The state government of South Australia has announced a new place of consumption tax to be levied on betting companies offering services in the state. To be included in next month’s state budget and commenced from 1 July 2017, the 15% tax is Australia’s first interstate gambling tax, and...
  • Online bookmaker Bet365 fined $2.75m over misleading ‘free’ offers

    An offer to give punters $200 in free bets has led to online bookmaker Bet365 being fined $2.75m for misleading and deceptive conduct. The UK-based wagering giant promoted “$200 Free Bets for New Customers” for nine months from March 2013. But, to receive the free bets, customers had to...
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