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Australian Government blocks more illegal gambling sites

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has today announced it has blocked another six illegal gambling or online casino sites, or sites promoting illegal offshore gambling.

Under the powers bestowed upon the ACMA by the Australian government under the Interactive Gambling Act (IGA) 2001, the ACMA can censor and effectively Australian resident access to websites.

The IGA makes it illegal for unlicensed gambling and wagering providers to offer services to Australians.

A 2017 revision of the IGA handed ACMA powers to block access to illegal gambling sites. The IGA now requires Australian internet service providers (ISPs) to disable access to any online casinos or other wagering providers that ACMA place on its blacklist.

The ACMA has requested that Australian internet service providers (ISPs) block illegal offshore gambling and affiliate marketing websites:

The ACMA say they undertook investigations that found these sites to be operating in breach of the IGA.

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, 426 illegal gambling websites have been blocked.

Over 160 illegal services have also pulled out of the Australian market since the ACMA started enforcing new illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017.

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