Last November, Australia has proposed an amendment to the interactive gambling bill that would force online gambling operators active in the country to acquire a local gaming license or face very heavy fines.
Sadly for the Australian punters, the bill was approved by the Senate last month. And as of 21st March, all internet gaming activities (poker and sportsbook) on international websites have now been banned. Failure to comply with the new legislation will result in fines of $1.35 million AUD per day for the individuals while companies who still accepts bets from players will be fined $6.75 million AUD per day. A Government official has confirmed that “The government is committed to taking tougher action against illegal offshore wagering providers and this bill does exactly that “ Following the news, understandably many operators have ceased their activity down under. For the moment 32Red, 888Poker, PartyPoker, Vera&john and PokerStars confirmed they are no longer operating in Australia and we expect many more to follow.
For the moment the latest bill approved by the Senate does not apply to online casinos, but It is widely believed that it is now just a matter of time before a new casino legislation is proposed and adopted. For now, Australian players who wish to have a few spins on their favourite games can still do so at Shadowbet, Instacasino and HelloCasino. Australian players should visit our bonus section to get the wide array of localised AUD welcome offers.
One important thing to know is that unlike the latest Polish legislation changes, Australian casino players will still be able to make transactions using most credit or debit cards and e-wallets. So no casino players are at risk of having funds trapped in an online casino website.
If you’re Australian you should rest assured and bookmark this page. We’re following the subject closely and will inform our readers of any upcoming changes.