Skip to main content

About the Interactive Gambling Act

The Interactive Gambling Act sets the rules for companies that offer or advertise gambling services. It covers all gambling that takes place online, through a website or app and via a telephone.

The Interactive Gambling Act 2001 makes it illegal for gambling providers to offer some online services to people in Australia. Banned services include:

  • online casinos
  • in-play sports betting
  • sports betting services which do not hold an Australian licence
  • betting on the outcome of a lottery

Banned services must not be advertised in Australia. They also must not promote or offer credit for online betting.

If you believe someone has broken a rule in the Interactive Gambling Act, you can make a complaint.

Changes to the Act in 2019

The law changed in 2019 to allow us to bring in the National Self-Exclusion Register

Changes to the Act in 2017

The law changed in 2017 to combat groups from outside Australia that provide illegal gambling services over the internet.

Following the reforms in the Interactive Gambling Amendment Act 2017:

Since the reforms:

  • Over 180 online gambling services have withdrawn from the Australian market
  • Reports show that the amount of money people lost on gambling services based outside Australia has reduced

An industry code supports the Act. It sets out how internet service providers can follow the rules.

BetStop – the National Self-Exclusion RegisterTM

BetStop - the National Self-Exclusion RegisterTM lets you exclude yourself from all Australian licensed online and phone wagering services in a single step. The government introduced the register under the National Consumer Protection Framework

You can find out more and register at

Free, professional and confidential support is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. You can contact the National Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858 or visit Gambling Help Online for helpful resources and free 24/7 chat and email counselling and support.

Back to top