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Online gambling inquiry launched

Issue date: Thursday, 15 September 2022

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The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs has today launched an inquiry into online gambling and its impacts on people with gambling problems.

Chair of the Committee, Ms Peta Murphy MP, said ‘the inquiry will be a fresh look at online gambling and whether current laws, regulations, consumer protections and education and support programs are enough to reduce harm to gamblers.’

‘The Committee is concerned about the increasing reach of online gambling platforms into Australians’ lives, the exposure of children and young people to gambling advertising and how this may contribute to increases in problem gambling in the future,’ Ms Murphy said.

The Committee is seeking written submissions, ideally of no more than ten pages, from individuals and organisations providing recommendations relating to any or all of the inquiry terms of reference by 11 November 2022. Ms Murphy added, ‘If you want to tell your story but have concerns about your privacy, you can ask for your submission to be published without your name, or for your submission to be received confidentially and not published by the Committee’.

The Committee will examine:

  • the effectiveness of existing consumer protections aimed at reducing online problem gambling
  • how to better target programs to address online problem gambling to reduce the potential exploitation of at-risk people, and protect individuals, families and communities
  • the effectiveness of current counselling and support services to address online problem gambling
  • the quality of and access to protective online gambling education programs
  • the impact of current regulatory and licensing regimes for online gambling on the effectiveness of harm minimisation and consumer protection efforts
  • the appropriateness of the definition of ‘gambling service’ in the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (Cth), and whether it should be amended to capture additional gambling-like activities such as simulated gambling in video games (e.g. ‘loot boxes’ and social casino games)
  • the appropriateness of current gambling regulations in light of emerging technologies, payment options and products
  • the effectiveness of protections against illegal online gambling services, including casino style gambling such as online blackjack and slot machines
  • the effectiveness of current gambling advertising restrictions on limiting children’s exposure to gambling products and services (e.g. promotion of betting odds during live sport broadcasts), including consideration of the impact of advertising through social media, sponsorship or branding from online licenced gambling operators, and
  • any other related matters.

Further information about the inquiry, including published submissions and hearing transcripts, will be available on the inquiry webpage.

Media inquiries

Ms Peta Murphy MP
Peta.Murphy.MP@aph.gov.au
03 9781 2333

For background information

Committee Secretariat
02 6277 2358
spla.reps@aph.gov.au

For more information about this Committee, you can visit its website: www.aph.gov.au/spla. On the site, you can make a submission to an inquiry, read other submissions, and get details for upcoming public hearings. You can also track the Committee and receive email updates by clicking on the blue ‘Track Committee’ button in the bottom right hand corner of the page.

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