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Gambling ads during children's programs

Broadcasters have to follow rules that limit when and where they can advertise gambling or betting odds.

To protect your children from gambling:

  • check when and where gambling ads can be broadcast
  • ensure a responsible adult supervises their television and radio time

Programs on commercial free-to-air television

During programs that are classified G, C and P, gambling ads are not permitted from 6am to 8.30am and 4pm to 7pm.

During other programs principally directed to children, gambling ads are not permitted between 5am and 8.30pm.

News, sports and current affairs programs are exempt from this rule but additional rules do apply during live sport.

Programs on pay TV

Any gambling ad on a dedicated subscription children’s channel is very likely breaking the rules.

How to make a complaint

For most complaints about ads during children’s TV shows on commercial free-to-air or pay TV, such as programs classified C or G, you need to complain to the broadcaster.

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