Major gambling operators in Australia, including Ladbrokes and bet365, have been found to have violated interactive gambling regulations. They were found to have used “Fast/Quick Codes” to enable in-play betting, which is prohibited under the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 unless done over the phone. These codes are given to customers to place in-play bets through their website or app, but in this case, they were being used without phone communication.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) conducted investigations and decided not to take immediate enforcement action against the operators involved. However, measures have been taken to ensure that Fast/Quick Codes comply with regulations by generating them beforehand, making them generic for all customers.
In other news, the Australian Federal Parliament has recently passed legislation that bans online credit card betting, a move that has received praise from Responsible Wagering Australia (RWA) and its members.