Online Gaming in Norfolk Island

The Norfolk Island Gaming Authority (NIGA) was established in 1998. The Act established NIGA as an independent statutory authority with the power to regulate and enforce Norfolk Island's gaming and licensing legislation. The Authority provides for (a) rapid approvals to license applications for an Interactive Home Gaming License under the Norfolk Island Gaming Act 1998, and/or (b) a License to conduct Bookmaking (including sports betting), under the Norfolk Island Bookmakers Act 1998, and/or (c) a License to conduct an internet/online Lottery, under the Gaming Act 1998 and as amended by the Gaming (Lotteries Amendment) Act 2005.

In November 2016, the government announced it would shut down NIGA after auditing firm Centium produced a report that Territories Minister Fiona Nash said made it clear that the authority is "beyond redemption." NIGA was also cited as being open to corruption and fraud. Licensees had until 31 March 2017 to obtain a license from another Australian jurisdiction.

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