Category Archive: Australia

South Australia introduces new casino and poker machine licencee restrictions to promote responsible gambling

The Parliament of South Australia has passed the Statutes Amendment (Gambling Reform) Bill 2013 (SA) which contains reforms to gaming machine (“pokies” in Australian slang) laws under the Gaming Machines Act 1992 (SA) and other gambling legislation. The Statutes Amendment (Gambling Reform) Act 2013 (SA) strengthens responsible gaming environments in an attempt to reduce the number of problem gamblers.  While the final version of the Act was significantly watered down from the original bill, it nevertheless imposes a number of new requirements and restrictions on casino and gaming machine licensees.  Failure to comply with the new laws will result in significant fines and so licensees should review and modify their current practices to ensure that they are compliant with the new laws. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: Venue design is not child’s play

New guidelines have been issued for the approval of Victorian gaming venues which relate to the location and design of children’s play areas. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: The Coalition’s “policy to help problem gamblers”

The Opposition has released a four part plan which focuses on a national voluntary scheme to tackle problem gambling and help problem gamblers. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: Panel Discussion – The changing landscape of gambling in Australia

DLA Piper is hosting a robust and interactive industry panel discussion on advertising of gambling services in sport.   Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: Upgrade for Adelaide Casino

On 27 July 2013, the South Australia parliament passed the Statute Amendment (Gambling Reform) Act, which permits SkyCity to extend and upgrade the Adelaide Casino. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: Virtual Currency and the Interactive Gambling Act 2001

With several governments taking steps to address their position on social gambling, Australian Senator Nick Xenophon recently announced that he will introduce a private member’s bill to close the ‘legal loophole’ which excludes certain virtual gaming apps from Australia’s gambling laws. Judith Miller and Jennifer Tetstall (DLA Piper, Sydney) discuss.

The full article published in iGaming Business can be read here.

Australia: Government Report into Advertising and Promotion of Gambling in Sport – full details

In the midst of persistent public discussion and media interest the Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform has released its report into Advertising and Promotion of Gambling Services in Sport. The Report has been released early following a five month inquiry by the Committee. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: Government Report into Advertising and Promotion of Gambling in Sport now released

After a five month Inquiry into the Advertising and Promotion of Gambling in Sport, the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform has reported early. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: Further advertising restrictions for betting operators on the horizon

Gambling advertising, and in particular live odds during the broadcast of events, has been the subject of much attention and debate in Australia recently. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: No live odds during sporting events broadcasted in Australia

After the Prime Minister on 26 May 2013 threatened to legislate to effect a complete ban on the airing of live betting odds during sporting events on television, the television networks have agreed to implement the Government’s new restrictions. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: Gaming Machine Reforms

The Parliament of South Australia has introduced the Statutes Amendment (Gambling Reform) Bill 2013, which sets out reforms to gaming machine laws under the Gaming Machines Act 1992 (SA). Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: Free TV proposes ban on the promotion of live odds

The body representing all of Australia’s commercial free-to-air television broadcasters, Free TV Australia (Free TV), has released its proposed amendments to the Commercial Television Industry Code (Code). Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: Government report on interactive gambling released

Earlier today (12 March), The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (Department) released its Final Report on the Review of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (Cth) (IGA). Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: Gambling inquiry announced on the ‘blackest day’ in Australian sport

On the same day (7 February 2013) that Australian professional sport has been associated with drugs, match fixing and organised crime by the Australian Crime Commission (ACC), the Australian Senate has passed a motion for a joint select committee to inquire into gambling reform. The committee’s report is due on 16 May 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: Introduction of the National Gambling Reform Act 2012

The National Gambling Reform Act 2012 (Cth of Australia) has received Royal assent and is now law. This legislation was introduced by the Labor Government to appease the gambling reform agenda of Andrew Wilkie, an independent member of Parliament from Tasmania, the support of who the Labor Government requires in order to retain its slender majority in the House of Representatives and its hold on power. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: Cricket Australia flexes its muscle

Cricket Australia has reportedly demanded an end to spot and exotic betting for cricket. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: Is the number up for virtual currency gaming apps?

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has announced that he will introduce a private member’s bill in February 2013 (“Bill”) to close what he believes is a legal loophole which excludes certain virtual gaming apps (which cost money to play but the winnings of which cannot be taken in cash) from Australia’s gambling laws. Read the rest of this entry »

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