Gambling laws

The primary piece of legislation that regulates gambling is the Gambling Act 2003. There are also a number of regulations and amendments enacted over time to help achieve the objectives of the Act.

The primary piece of legislation that regulates gambling is the Gambling Act 2003.

The Gambling Act 2003 integrated the Casino Control Act 1990 and the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1977 and integrates them into a single Act. Racing and sports betting continues to be administered under the Racing Act 2003 (with some exceptions, such as gaming machine operations in TABs and racing clubs).

The Gambling Act 2003

The purpose of the Gambling Act is to:

  • control the growth of gambling
  • prevent and minimise the harm caused by gambling including problem gambling
  • authorise some gambling and prohibit the rest
  • facilitate responsible gambling
  • ensure the fairness and integrity of games
  • limit opportunities for crime and dishonesty associated with gambling
  • ensure that money from gambling benefits the community
  • facilitate community involvement in decisions about the provision of gambling.

The Gambling Act 2003

Current Regulations

Related information

Gambling policy

Racing Act 2003

Racing policy

Boxing and Wrestling Act 1981

Gambling Commission decisions