The Australian Communications and Media Agency (ACMA) has announced the banning of ten more illegal offshore betting websites in Australia.
The ACMA agreed to prosecute the websites after receiving a range of complaints. They were found to be functioning in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001, explicitly providing betting facilities in violation of existing Australian industry standards.
Websites in question
Play Croco, Aussie Play, Golden Reels, All Spins Win, Bonza Spins, Pokie Spins, Golden Pokies, House of Pokies, Pokie Mate, and PokieZ are the ten unauthorised websites in question.
The ACMA has a number of regulatory mechanisms at its disposal to uphold the ban of unauthorised online gaming operators, including website blocking.
After the first submission in November 2019, there have been 238 blocked illicit gambling websites due to a new request to Australian Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
In addition, after the introduction of new gaming laws affecting black market operators in 2017, over 130 illegal platforms have been banned from the Australian market.
The authority demanded that 18 gaming websites be removed from ISPs last month, describing website blocking as a ‘a valuable opportunity to alert the public to illegal gambling services through the messaging that appears when there is an attempt to access the site’
Under the Telecommunications Act 1997, the ACMA has the power to direct ISPs to delete any betting website that breaches the following criteria:
- Providing prohibited interactive gambling services to customers in Australia (such as online casinos, online slot machines and services that allow in-play online sports betting).
- Providing an unlicensed regulated interactive gambling service to customers in Australia (such as online betting services that don’t have a valid Australian licence).
- Publishing ads for prohibited interactive gambling services or unlicensed regulated interactive gambling services in Australia.