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Online Bingo and Land-based Bingo laws and regulations in Australia


Online bingo is largely regarded as not permitted under the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (Cth) (IGA). The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) monitors compliance with and enforces the interactive gambling laws. ACMA has the power to, amongst other things, instigate civil proceedings in Australia, notify border protection agencies of the names of directors/principals of offending illegal offshore operators (who may then be placed on a ‘movement alert list’ thereby disrupting any travel to Australia) and liaise with foreign regulators to stop alleged offenders.

Land-based bingo is regarded as minor gaming and may be conducted for fundraising purposes by community or charitable purposes. Laws differ between the States and Territories but if the gross proceeds are below a certain threshold, then in most States and Territories no bingo licence is required. However, a State and Territory bingo license is typically required to operate a bingo centre.

Bingo lawyers and solicitors with licensing and regulatory expertise in Australia

Senet have deep understanding of online bingo law and land-based bingo law and the varying state and territory regulations in Australia. We assist clients that are grappling with the application processes and how they need to comply with the licensing and regulatory obligations in each state and territory once they have a bingo licence. Our team advises in relation to:

  • Applications for a new bingo licence;
  • Bingo licensing advice;
  • Dealings with State and Territory regulators;
  • Bingo advertising and marketing laws;
  • Responsible Gambling and Privacy policies; and
  • Terms and Conditions.

Our complete range of gambling law and regulatory services

Our team of gambling industry experts advise clients in a range of sectors including racing, casinos, lotteries, licensed gaming venues, gaming manufacturers, social gaming, government and regulators across a spectrum of services encompassing legal, advisory and gambling compliance training services. Through the Senet Compliance Academy we provide a full spectrum of gaming compliance training courses to ensure that all staff and the venue is complying with its legal and regulatory obligations. To understand how you can meet and exceed your legal and regulatory obligations, contact the expert team at Senet.