Online Casinos in Australia are illegal

Online casino activities are prohibited in Australia since 2001. It is prohibited to offer players from Australia the opportunity to play online and it is prohibited to market casinos to the Australian audience.

This is a form of law that the Australian state has produced in 2001 and has since updated it a number of times to accommodate technological developments online. You can read the entire law here.

Below I explain more about how this law works, why so many players still play and which legal casinos are offered to Aussies.

NOTE: Sports betting and lotteries online are legal if they have a license from Northern Terretory Racing Comission.

Online casino Australia

Can i play at online casinos if im from Australia?

Well this is a tricky question because in reality you can and many Aussies play at online casinos but at the same time its actually illegal for the casino to offer their services to countries that have banned online gambling, like Australia. So how does this work?

Well in short the casino operators dont fallow the law of Australia and by their law they say that it is the players own responsibility to check if gambling is legal in their GEO. So with this the casino is not taking any responsibility if you choose to gamble with them. At the same time the government will never chase a single player because you are still free as a citizen to do what you wish like gambling online and this is why many Aussies play online even if its actually illegal, because the government cant blame you!

You can also as a citizen report illegal online gambling activities via their online form here.

Sports betting online is legal with license from NTRC

So even though online casino is illegal in Australia, there are several legal options for Aussies to gamble online. One of these is sports betting, which is regulated by the Northern Territory Racing Commission. Below I have collected all the legal online gambling sites for Aussies. It is sports betting and lotteries that are legal if the sites have a license from the Northern Territory Racing Commission.

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  • Sportsbet – Fully legal for Aussies to be on sports at.
  • Bet365 – Fully legal for Aussies to bet on sport at.
  • Ladbrokes – Fully legal for Aussies to bet on sports at.
  • TAB – TAB from New Zealand is also allowed for Aussies.
  • Neds – Sports betting for Aussies!
  • Keno – Legal Keno online for Aussies!

Regulators of Australia

Below, I have put together a list of all those responsible in the country who help regulate the gambling market.

RegulatorJurisdictionRoleWebsite
Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)NationalEnforces the Interactive Gambling Act 2001ACMA
Liquor & Gaming NSWNew South Wales (NSW)Regulates gambling and liquor industriesLiquor & Gaming NSW
Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCCC)Victoria (VIC)Regulates gambling activities including casinos, gaming machines, and wageringVGCCC
Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR)Queensland (QLD)Regulates liquor and gambling industriesOLGR
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC)Western Australia (WA)Regulates gambling and racing industriesDLGSC
Consumer and Business Services (CBS)South Australia (SA)Regulates gambling, liquor, and consumer servicesCBS
Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming CommissionTasmania (TAS)Regulates liquor and gambling activitiesTasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission
ACT Gambling and Racing CommissionAustralian Capital Territory (ACT)Regulates gambling and racing activitiesACT Gambling and Racing Commission
Licensing NTNorthern Territory (NT)Regulates gambling activities including casinos, lotteries, and gaming machinesLicensing NT

Land-based casinos in Australia

Luckily, Australia has a lot of land-based casinos to offer the population. However, none of these offer the possibility to play online. If you want to visit a casino in Australia, you currently have 13 different casinos to choose from. Below you can see all 13 and where you can find them.

Casino NameEstablishedNumber of GamesStreet AddressContact Information
Crown Melbourne19972,500+8 Whiteman St, Southbank, VIC 3006+61 3 9292 8888
The Star Sydney19951,500+80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont, NSW 2009+61 2 9777 9000
Crown Perth19852,000+Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood, WA 6100+61 8 9362 7777
The Star Gold Coast19851,600+1 Casino Dr, Broadbeach, QLD 4218+61 7 5592 8100
Treasury Brisbane19951,300+130 William St, Brisbane City, QLD 4000+61 7 3306 8888
SkyCity Adelaide19851,000+North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000+61 8 8212 2811
Wrest Point Casino1973650+410 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay, TAS 7005+61 3 6221 1888
Country Club Tasmania1982500+Country Club Ave, Prospect Vale, TAS 7250+61 3 6335 5777
Mindil Beach Casino Resort1983600+Gilruth Ave, Darwin, NT 0820+61 8 8943 8888
The Ville Resort-Casino1986450+Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville, QLD 4810+61 7 4722 2333
Casino Canberra199440+21 Binara St, Canberra, ACT 2601+61 2 6257 7074
Lasseters Hotel Casino1981300+93 Barrett Dr, Alice Springs, NT 0870+61 8 8950 7777
Reef Hotel Casino1996500+35-41 Wharf St, Cairns City, QLD 4870+61 7 4030 8888

Australian gambling helplines

If you or someone you know needs help with a gambling addiction, there are many help organizations in Australia that you can turn to. Below, I have collected the largest aid organizations with a link to their website where you can read more about the type of help they can offer.

Helpline/ResourceJurisdictionContact InformationWebsite
Gambling Help OnlineNational1800 858 858Gambling Help Online
LifelineNational13 11 14Lifeline
Beyond BlueNational1300 22 4636Beyond Blue
Relationships AustraliaNational1300 364 277Relationships Australia
Kids HelplineNational (for youth)1800 55 1800Kids Helpline
NSW Gambling HelpNew South Wales (NSW)1800 858 858NSW Gambling Help
Gambler’s HelpVictoria (VIC)1800 858 858Gambler’s Help
Gambling Helpline QueenslandQueensland (QLD)1800 858 858Gambling Helpline QLD
Gambling Help WAWestern Australia (WA)1800 858 858Gambling Help WA
Gambling Help SASouth Australia (SA)1800 858 858Gambling Help SA
Gambling Support Program TasmaniaTasmania (TAS)1800 858 858Gambling Support TAS
ACT Gambling Support ServiceAustralian Capital Territory (ACT)1800 858 858ACT Gambling Support
Amity Community ServicesNorthern Territory (NT)1800 858 858Amity Community Services

ZED’s opinions

It was sad that Aussies cannot legally play casino games online but fortunately the country offers sports and lotteries that can be played online as well as quite a few casinos around the country. Personally, I hope that in the future Australia will open up to online casinos just like for sports where they regulate the market and guarantee Aussies safe gaming places.

Sources:

  • https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/media-communications-arts/internet/interactive-gambling
  • https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2020C00027
  • http://www.commsalliance.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/44605/gambling_code_nov2010.pdf
  • https://www.acma.gov.au/
  • https://www.acma.gov.au/make-complaint-about-gambling

Online Casino Australia FAQ

Is it legal to play at an online casino in Australia?

It is legal for players to play but its not legal for operators to advertise to Aussies or to offer them the opportunity to play. It’s a bit like a loophole, because if you were to visit an online casino from Australia, you haven’t done anything illegal, but the casino has for letting you play and many casinos neither see nor care about this, as according to them, the responsibility lies with the player , allowing Aussies to play online casino despite it being illegal.

Since when is it illegal to gamble online in Australia?

Since 2001 when the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 was created by the government.

What gambling is legal in Australia?

Well, Aussies can still gamble at land-based casinos in Australia and there are plenty of them. Also the country offers players sports betting, lotteries and pokies machines across the country.