Crackdown continues on offshore gambling websites by Australian regulators with another nine sites flagged to be blocked.
Australian regulators, along with the help of the Australian Communications and Media Authority, have made their intentions clear that they will continue to clamp down on offshore gambling sites that target the country’s territories.
After legislation was approved to give it more power, the ACMA has been working on plans to force Internet Service Providers to take action against offshore gambling sites after previously ordering internet service providers to block access to various online gambling portals.
The ACMA has now targeted another set of sites in an attempt to keep these websites outside of Australia’s digital borders.
An order from the ACMA was sent to internet service providers to block another nine gambling sites. This follows complaints that were filed against AU Slots, Casino Dingo, GW Casino, Ignition Casino, Joe Fortune, Roo Casino, Top Bet, Wager Beat, and XBet.
These sites were reportedly the sources of 79 complaints the ACMA received, as they explained in a statement, that ACMA investigations found these services to be operating in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.
In 2017, thanks to an amended Telecommunications Act, the ACMA saw its capabilities extended. Since the revisions to the law were made, 90 sites have already been taken offline, voluntarily and through the agency’s actions.
“The ACMA will monitor at regular intervals the disruption of access to the website to ensure that it remains appropriate (that is, it is effective, responsible, as targeted as possible and is executed appropriately)”, according to the agency’s updated governance.
By eliminating the illegal virtual shops, the government will receive more funds and Australian consumers will receive better protection.
Around $100 million in tax revenue is lost each year to the offshore sites.
“While ACMA has a range of powers to protect Australians from illegal gambling services — including issuing formal warnings and seeking civil penalty orders — it can be difficult to take direct action against faceless companies with no legal presence on our shores,” Communications Minister, Paul Fletcher said.
“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.”