Australian online gambling laws and policy have traditionally been the responsibility of the states, rather than the Commonwealth. State and territory governments regulate and provide gambling services and rely heavily on the ensuing revenue. Recent developments have seen the Commonwealth take a more active role in this area.
The rapid adoption of new communications and technologies by gambling industries has attracted their interest. This is an area which falls within its constitutional responsibilities. The development of online gambling has significant implications for regulatory mechanisms, revenue collection and community welfare.
This has prompted the Federal Government to pass legislation that stops Australian Internet gambling sites from providing services to Australians. However, it doesn’t make it illegal for Australians to gamble online.