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Gambling Ads Banned During Australian Sports Airings

by Glenn Baird - September 4, 2018

Online sports broadcasts in Australia will no longer be allowed to show gambling advertisements between the hours of 5am and 8.30pm. The new legislation will be active as of the 28th of September.

In March this year the same ban was put in place for all televised and radio sports broadcasts, meaning that the ban for online companies is simply aligning all broadcasters under the same legislation.

The Chair for the Australian Communications and Media Authority, Nerida O’Loughlin confirms, “This brings online services in line with television and radio broadcasting services. It creates a safe zone for children and families to watch live sport across a variety of platforms.”

During the hours where advertising is still legal there are limits to the number of times adverts can be shown, with different limits in place for different sports.

Exceptions can be put in place for sporting events that have had to alter the time of their broadcast at short notice.

Pressure was applied to implement the rules online by Commercial Radio Australia, who felt that the ban offered broadcasters on the internet an unfair advantage.

This is the latest in a series of changes to Australian law, looking to reduce the impact of problem gambling in the country.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland sits to the north-west of mainland Europe. The United Kingdom shares a border with The Republic of Ireland and has coasts on the Atlantic Ocean, Celtic Sea, North Sea, Irish Sea and English Channel. The population of the UK is approaching the 67.6 million mark leading to a fairly densely populated land mass. The gambling sector in the United Kingdom is entirely regulated and licensed by the UKGC – the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. Should players resident In the UK wish to gamble with foreign based operators there is no history of this being treated as a criminal offence, but high levels of protection exist for UK residents playing with UK licensed operators.


The above information is what we believe to be the the legal status of online gambling, however information on this topic is limited and hard to find. We accept no liability for any errors or ommissions. It is the reader’s responsibility to ensure that they know the legality of online gambling in their country before engaging with any online gambling service.