Australia’s Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has prepared an interim report on the review of the country’s Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (IGA), claiming that approximately AUD$1bn is being lost to more than 2,000 unlicensed offshore online gambling operators every year.

The review into the IGA by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) is the first since 2004.

The report states that evidence since the last review of the IGA suggests that the Act is making only a “very minor contribution” towards its objective of reducing harm to problem gamblers and to those at risk of becoming problem gamblers.

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