Australia's Interactive Gambling Act Under Review

Australia's federal Social Services Minister Scott Morrison is managing a review of Australia's Interactive Gambling Act, which is said to be outdated in light of current industry technology such as mobile gambling and European online sports betting groups entering the market.

Along with the review, Morrison wants to include input from gaming operators, betting agencies and gambling help authorities to be presented as recommendations for government review by the end of the year.

Online casino betting will be a focus of the review as such gambling is currently illegal yet accessible to Aussie punters online or via mobile device from offshore operators.

A similar review was initiated two years ago to address online in-play betting but it resulted in no action.

Mobile in-play betting products were recently offered by William Hill, Ladbrokes and Bet365 but all three companies have since withdrawn these products from the Australian market.

Australia's Tabcorp Group has said that mobile in-play betting is illegal and it will not include it in its gambling services.

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