The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) continues its efforts to clamp down on illegal international gambling websites with a request that internet service providers block five domains in Australia.
The gambling websites in question are:
- Grand Rush
- Jackpot Jill
- Koala Royal
- National Casino
- Juicy Stakes
An investigation was launched into the websites’ activities following numerous complaints from the public. As a result, the ACMA found all five had been serving the Australian market in clear breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.
In an announcement published on the ACMA website, the authority stated:
“Website blocking provides a valuable opportunity to alert the public to illegal gambling services through the messaging that appears when there is an attempt to access the site.
The ACMA is reminding consumers that even if a service looks legitimate, its unlikely to have important customer protections. This means Australians who use illegal gambling services risk losing their money.”
The blocks are the latest move by the ACMA to thwart the efforts of illegal international gambling websites that continue to target the Australian market. In August, the authority announced that it would request that internet services providers block affiliate websites that promote online gambling.
Since the ACMA began its campaign against unlicensed gambling websites in 2019, the authority has blocked 295 websites and seen 140 illegal services pull out of the Australian market.