Online gaming is regulated in Tasmania by the Gaming Control Act of 1993. Major amendments to the Act came into effect in 1999 which extended the existing regulatory framework to also include gaming activities conducted via the Internet, telephone, and any other means of communication. The amendment legalized and provided a licensing system for several categories of online gaming including: fixed-odds wagers of horse races, harness races, and greyhound races, sports wagering, simulated games, totalizator, and major lotteries. The Act does not include online poker or any other Internet-based gaming other than what is noted above. On November 24, 2005, the Act was amended to permit betting exchanges.
The Act also established the Tasmanian Gaming Commission, which is the regulatory body responsible for overseeing the day-to-day regulation of gaming, the administration of the Act as well as being responsible for considering gaming license applications and providing for the taxation of regulated gambling activities. The application fee for a Tasmanian Gaming License is $43,200. A Tasmanian Gaming License has effect not exceeding five years and is renewable. Licensees may apply for another type of endorsement not already covered in the existing gaming license with no fee implemented; however, the costs incurred by the Commission in assessing a new endorsement will be recovered from the license provider.
In early 2008, Tasmania was added to the United Kingdom’s white list of jurisdictions that are allowed to advertise online gambling in the UK. Tasmania was one of the first three jurisdictions outside the UK mainland to be added to the list.
In 2011/2012, Knight Errant Pty Ltd was approved and added to the list of accredited testing facilities to test online gaming equipment and software.
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