The Australian government is set to consider a report calling for increased liberalisation of the online gambling sector. The interim report to the federal government could lead to an increase in the number of sports betting options available online, including live in-play sports betting, which is currently only legal via mobile and in person. Online poker tournaments could also be legalised as part of the proposals.
Australia’s current stance on online gambling is decidedly muddled. While it is not illegal for Australian citizens to play casino games online, it is illegal for companies to offer these services online to Australians. Revenues suggest that many Australians do play online casino games, spending an estimated AU$1 billion per year.
Sports betting, meanwhile, is legal online, with a few exceptions, including that of live in-play betting. A nation of sports lovers, Australia’s sports betting sector has seen steady growth over the past ten years, with revenue growing to more than AU$400 million.