Netbets - A Review of Online Gambling in Australia

16 March 2000
INTRODUCTORY PAGES

Terms of Reference

    Membership of the Committee
    Table of Contents
    Structure of report
    Recommendations

CHAPTER 1 - OVERVIEW

    Introduction
    Explanation of terms used
      Online gaming
      Interactive wagering
    Online gambling in Australia
      Types of gambling activity
      Number of operators and players
      The regulatory models
        Online gaming
        Interactive wagering
      Problem gambling
        The potential for an increase in problem gambling
        Prohibition of Internet gambling
        Harm minimisation policies
      Additional improvements to the regulatory models
    Conclusion

CHAPTER 2 - ONLINE GAMBLING IN AUSTRALIA

    Introduction
    What is online gambling?
    Who are the online gambling operators in Australia?
      Numbers of Internet gamblers
      Lasseters Online
      Centrebet
      Canbet
      NetTAB

    Under what regulatory schemes do they operate?

      The power to regulate - gambling in general
      The power to regulate - online gambling
      The value of regulation
      Regulation in Australia
      Online gaming
      The importance of a cooperative approach
      A standardised model for regulation
        Licensing
        Technical operations
        Audit and inspection
        Advertising
        Credit gambling
        Player protection
        Money laundering
        Privacy
        Taxation sharing arrangement
      Interactive wagering
      A national cooperative model
      Distinctions between online gaming and interactive wagering
    Conclusion

CHAPTER 3 - PROBLEM GAMBLING

    Introduction
    Impact of online gambling on problem gambling
      Accessibility
    The links between online gambling, increased accessibility and problem gambling
      Evidence presented to the Committee
      Independent research
      Measure of accessibility
    Other factors affecting the prevalence of problem gambling
      Profile of a problem gambler
        Access and availability
        Type of gambling product
        Demographic factors
        Other measures of health and wellbeing
        Summary
    The challenges that are posed by online gambling
      Risk factors
    Policy options for addressing problem gambling
    Banning access to online gambling
      Feasibility of a ban
      Technical aspects of a prohibition
        Success of banning pornography on the Internet
    The consequences of a ban
    Other policy options
    Harm minimisation policies
      Player and third party exclusions and the identification of problem gamblers
        Number of exclusions
        Effectiveness of player exclusions
        Time limits on gambling and the continuity of gambling activities
        Links to problem gambling information
        Advertising
        Warnings about the risks associated with gambling
        Player manipulation
        Improved customer information - time, odds and financial records
          Clear statement of odds
          Financial records
          Time spent gambling
        Public education campaign
        Technology to implement harm minimisation policies
    Conclusion

CHAPTER 4 - ADEQUACY OF REGULATIONS

    Introduction
    National cooperative model
      Ministerial Council on Gambling
    Player protection
    Money laundering
    Privacy
    Security
    Access to minors
    Proof of identity
    Conclusion

CHAPTER 5 - INTERNATIONAL

    Introduction
    United States
      Overview
      The Wire Act of 1961
      The Internet Gambling Prohibition Act of 1997
        The effect of the Wire Act
      Senate 692 - the 'Kyl bill'
        Progress of the Kyl bill
    South Africa
      Overview of South African policy
      Features proposed for the South African model for regulation
        National regulatory body
        Player protection
        Problem gambling
        Underage gambling
        Taxation
    Europe
      Gaming Regulators European Forum
    Great Britain
      Online gaming
      Interactive wagering
    The Caribbean
    Conclusion

Appendix 1 - Conduct of Inquiry
Appendix 2 - List of Submissions
Appendix 3 - List of Additional Information
Appendix 4 - Witnesses at Hearings
Appendix 5 - Productivity Commission - Report on Australia's Gambling Industries
Appendix 6 - Draft Regulatory Control Model for New Forms of Interactive Home Gambling
Appendix 7 - The Internet Gambling Prohibition Act of 1999
Appendix 8 - Internet Gaming and South Africa: Implications, Costs & Opportunities