Terms of Reference

Inquiry into online gambling and its impacts on those experiencing gambling harm

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs will inquire into and report on online gambling and its impacts on those experiencing gambling harm. The inquiry will have regard to: 

• the effectiveness of existing consumer protections aimed at reducing online gambling harm 

• how to better target programs to address online gambling harm 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 gambling harm 

• 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.


Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 2358

About this inquiry

The Committee adopted an inquiry into online gambling and its impacts on problem gamblers on 15 September 2022, following a referral from the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Amanda Rishworth MP.

On 12 October 2022, the Committee amended the inquiry title and terms of reference to ensure the language of the inquiry is inclusive to support people with lived experience of gambling harm to participate. The Minister supported these changes.

Past Public Hearings

05 Apr 2023: Canberra
04 Apr 2023: Canberra
28 Mar 2023: Canberra


Inquiry Status

Submissions Closed


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