Online gambling in Australia is regulated by the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (the IGA). The IGA makes it an offence to provide certain gambling services to a customer physically present in Australia via the Internet. Exceptions exist for licensed services that provide online wagering, sportsbetting and lotteries.
Prohibited online gambling content under the IGA includes services that are often described as 'online casinos' and usually involve using the Internet to play games of chance, or games of mixed chance and skill. Examples include roulette, poker, craps, online 'pokies' and blackjack.
The purpose of the IGA and any penalties are to target the providers of interactive gambling services, not potential or actual customers.
To learn more about the IGA and the regulation of online gambling in Australia follow this link to the website of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
You can find a list of legal online providers in Australia here
You can find more information about how to protect yourself from illegal providers here
How do I make a complaint?
If you believe that prohibited gambling activity is being offered over the Internet to people in Australia and have concerns, wish to make a complaint or wish to report such activity - or should you wish to inquire about other complaints related to online gambling in Australia - more information and a complaints process is outlined on the website of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
ACMA may also hear complaints about gambling advertising - particularly about gambling advertising and the promotion of odds that occur during or adjacent to live sport on online services. To read more and access the complaint form follow the link here.