Interactive gambling credit restrictions

The Interactive Gambling Amendment (Credit and Other Measures) Bill 2023 has been introduced into the House of Representatives to prohibit the use of credit cards, credit related products and digital currency as payment methods for interactive wagering services. Background.

The Bill will amend the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 to:

  • prohibit an operator of a regulated interactive gambling service that is a wagering service from accepting or offering to accept payments from a customer of the service who is
    physically present in Australia using: a credit card; payments linked to a credit card (including digital wallets); or digital currency (such as cryptocurrency);
  • create a new criminal offence and civil penalty provision related to the ban; and
  • provide the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) with enhanced powers to enforce the ban and existing offences under the Act.

A regulated interactive gambling service covers wagering services (except for online in-play sports betting services and betting on the outcome of lotteries, which are prohibited under the Act) and lottery services (except for online instant or scratch lotteries, which are also prohibited).

The new criminal offence would not apply to a service for the conduct of a lottery or for the conduct of a game of mixed chance and skill. It would also not apply to face-to-face betting, which is outside the scope of the Act.

There will be a six month transitional period to give banks and wagering service providers time to prepare for and implement changes necessary to ensure compliance with the new requirements.

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David Jacobson

Author: David Jacobson
Principal, Bright Corporate Law
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