Australian authorities moves to block more illegal gambling websites

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has ordered the blocking of a further 10 online gambling websites it said have been operating in the country illegally.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is set to request Australian internet service providers (ISPs) block more illegal offshore gambling websites.

“We urge Australian users of these sites to withdraw their money now,” – request ACMA.

Following numerous complaints about these services, the ACMA undertook investigations which found them to be operating in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001. Website blocking is one of a range of enforcement options to protect Australians against illegal online gambling.

Since the ACMA made its first blocking request in November 2019, 238 illegal gambling websites have been blocked. Over 130 illegal services have pulled out of the Australian market since we started enforcing new illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017.

Website blocking provides a valuable opportunity to alert the public to illegal gambling services through the messaging that appears when there is an attempt to access the site. More information about online gambling is available on the ACMA’s website including a register of licensed interactive wagering services to check legal services in Australia, and to make a complaint about an illegal site.

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