Some online gambling services look like they’re legal in Australia and some even target Australian players.
You may be able to access them, but they will not give you the same customer protection as a licensed service.
To find out more about what online gambling services are legal in Australia and how to protect yourself when gambling online visit the website of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more Australians staying home and spending more time online.
If you're gambling online it pays to be aware that illegal offshore gambling has adverse effects on Australians.
Many people are unaware that these offshore gambling websites are prohibited in Australia and that there are limited consumer protections if they run into difficulties obtaining winnings or recovering deposits.
Some of these websites look like they're Australian - but under the Interactive Gambling Act 2001, any online casino-style games, or online services that provide ‘in-play’ betting on sports events that are provided to Australians are operating illegally, and are prohibited.
These prohibited online gambling services may also be blocked by internet service providers, meaning that users of blocked services may not be able to access their account.
Stay safe if you're gambling online by knowing who you're gambling with - and where to seek help if your gambling is causing you, or your loved ones, any difficulties.
To find out more about illegal offshore providers and the risks visit the website of the Australian Communications and Media Authority here.
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing any difficulties with gambling call 1800 858 858 for immediate, free and confidential assistance 24/7 - or make contact and check out the resources at https://www.gamblinghelponline.org.au