Australia’s main online gambling regulator has washed its hands of the controversy over the effort to stop the nationwide ban on online in-play wagering. The Interactive Gambling Act which was voted in Australia in 2001 restricts in-play wagering to in-person bets at venues or by telephone. But in recent months a couple of online gambling companies have released mobile apps which are trying to bypass these restrictions.
These apps work by using a voice recognition technology to confirm in-play wagers without the player having to actually call the bookmaker. This has been brought to the attention of the Australian Federal Police by the national communications regulator of Australia.
However, Australia’s Northern Territory Racing Commission (NTRC) have said they approved the apps “based on submissions from the sports bookmaker and independent legal advice.” Despite this they say that they made it clear to the licensee that they were risking breaking a law, although there was no precedent with which you could assess the situation.
They went on to say that if the apps were ultimately determined to be in clear violation of the IGA, they would start their own investigation to decide if the licensee is still fit to hold a bookmaker’s license. The Northern Territory of Australia has always been considered a good place for online betting, mostly due to its highly favorable tax regime. Other Aussie states are already thinking about imposing point-of-consumption taxes to ensure they get their fair share out of all online sports betting.