Australia online review may deal winning hand to European newcomers

A federal review of how Australia regulates online gambling could have major implications for a number of operators – both European and Australian – when it reports back later this month. The review, led by former New South Wales premier Barry O’Farrell, was handed to the government in December and will be released alongside a response in the coming days or weeks. It will serve to define exactly how to expand Australia’s limited regulatory framework. Among the issues under the spotlight are the prohibition of in-play betting online, advertising regulations and how unlicensed offshore operators are dealt with. How these issues are tackled will go a long way to defining the longer term prospects for a number of European online operators who have invested heavily in Australia in recent years, despite tight restrictions on advertising and product, strong local competition and a persistent offshore market. Australia remains appealing to online operators with international...

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