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Australia to Establish Online Gambling Protection Framework

Protective Measures Introduced for Oz Online Gambling

Wagering providers will not be allowed to offer line of credit to players.

The Australian federal government announced a number of changes that will affect online gambling in a bid to tackle the issue of problem gambling in the country.

After a series of meetings in recent weeks, ministers agreed in principle that a National Consumer Protection Framework for online gambling will be set up in the near future.

The agreement was reached in conjunction with state and territory ministers.

The federal minister for Human Services, Alan Tudge said that since Australian problem gambling was triple the numbers anywhere else in the world, measures needed to be taken.

Australia has a fast-growing online gambling industry, with around 800,000 accounts held by players across the country.

Tudge said that that government needs to do "something sensible to put in protective measures" in the online gambling industry.

Ministers Agree on Gambling Strategies

Gambling ministers who met in Melbourne last week agreed on several strategies that they believe will help minimize problem gambling in Australia.

These include a voluntary pre-commitment scheme for online gambling, and a national self-exclusion register.

Also agreed on was a ban on gambling operators to provide a line of credit to their players.

Tudge said: "We feel as if there is a complete conflict of interest between gambling companies both being a provider of gambling services and effectively a bank, giving a line of credit to continue using their services, using credit."

Bill to Restrict Online Gambling

Earlier this month, Tudge unveiled plans to introduce a new bill that has the potential to tighten restrictions on offshore gambling operators that offer their services to Australians.

The Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 was introduced to parliament in a bid to put an end to offshore gambling groups getting around existing restrictions, including the controversial 'click and call' method used by live betting services.

"We expect online wagering providers to meet community expectations," said Tudge. "The tougher laws will seriously disrupt illegal offshore providers from acting unscrupulously or targeting vulnerable Australians."