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20 January 2016

Sports betting reforms

In December 2015, a range of sports betting reforms were introduced by the NSW Government, with the aim of reducing harms associated with problem gambling and strengthening the integrity of sports betting.

A new offence relating to gambling advertising will commence on 1 March 2016, making it illegal to advertise live odds and in-play betting services during a sporting fixture. Exemptions to this offence include advertising material published in a hotel, registered club or TAB retail outlet. More information on exemptions can be found here.

An amendment to the existing prohibition on the advertising of inducements to gamble came into effect on 4 January 2016, meaning the ban is no longer limited to inducements in the form of any ‘credit, voucher or reward’.

Reforms to help secure the integrity of sporting events were also introduced as part of the Racing Administration Amendment (Sports Betting National Operational Model) Act 2014. The Act commenced on 18 December 2015 and regulates the interaction between sporting organisations and betting service providers. It provides a framework for the establishment of integrity agreements between sports controlling bodies and betting service providers outlines fundamental requirements for betting on sporting events.