Gambling websites

On Monday, the Australian Communications and Media Authority announced its intention to proceed with a domain-blocking plan which requires Internet Service Providers to cooperate with authorities to disrupt access to illegal online services. These services include sports betting, casino and gambling websites which do not hold an Australian betting license.

While these overseas operators had been running the gauntlet of the amended Interactive Gambling Act to allow Australian players to access their servers, in future punters will find themselves blocked according to the site’s unauthorised status.

ACMA chair Nerida O’Loughlin issued a statement with a range of claims against offshore gambling sites including that they often refused to pay winnings. She warned punters they should be looking to withdraw any funds now before they are restricted access altogether.

Australia’s Communications Minister Paul Fletcher admitted that blocking sites was going to be an ongoing process. The ACMA claimed that the actions would result in a 50% decline in the volume of business sent to these illegal overseas websites, however independent analysts suggest that these efforts may have minimal impact at all.