Interactive gambling industry code | ACMA

Interactive gambling industry code

The Interactive Gambling Industry Code (IGA) was registered by the ACMA in December 2001.

The code provides a mechanism for internet service providers (ISPs) to meet their legal obligations in dealing with designated internet gambling matters, including a scheme to deal with notifications by the ACMA of prohibited content.

It was developed by the Internet Industry Association, but is now the responsibility of Communications Alliance.

Preamble to the code

  • The Internet Industry Association (IIA) recognises that parliament intends, with the passage of the IGA, to limit access by Australians to some types of gambling sites on the internet.
  • The IIA recognises that parliament intends, with the passage of the IGA, to limit access by Australians to some types of gambling sites on the internet. The IIA further recognises that the law requires ISPs to assist, within the capacity of available technologies, in providing a means to prevent access by users to certain internet content.
  • In relation to the prevention of access to prohibited internet gambling content, supervision by responsible adults remains the effective means of protection, particularly in the case of internet use by children. In addition, the IIA endorses end-user empowerment, including education and the provision of information, and content filtering as methods to support and enhance supervision of internet activity.
  • The IGA imposes obligations on ISPs, interactive gambling service providers, publishers, datacasters and broadcasters for acts or omissions in relation to internet gambling content in certain circumstances. Persons who fail to comply with some obligations may be guilty of an offence against the IGA.
  • The IIA has developed this code in accordance with the expressed intention of parliament primarily to assist IIA members to comply with the IGA.

In accordance with section 53 of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (IGA), the ACMA is required to maintain a register of industry codes and standards registered under section 38 of the IGA. Currently, the code is the only document registered under this section.

Last updated: 13 September 2017