Regulatory Instruments Relating to Interstate Betting Operators
Under the Authorised Betting Operations Act an interstate betting operator who is lawfully authorised to conduct betting operations (under a licence or other authorisation) in another State or Territory of Australia can become authorised to engage in betting—by telephone, internet or other electronic means—with South Australians. The Act may be accessed from the South Australian legislation website www.legislation.sa.gov.au.
To do this, an interstate betting operator must give notice to the Independent Gambling Authority of its intention to conduct betting operations in South Australia. You can download the “Notice of Intention to Conduct Betting Operations: (Form IBO)” from the download section.
To become authorised you must complete this form, print it and send a signed copy to the provided postal address along with your annual fee (this fee is set by the Minister and is currently $2,000). You must also send a completed unsigned electronic copy—at the same time—to email@example.com. On receipt of a correctly completed form and fee the Authority will contact you confirming your authorisation. The provided details will be available as a public record as required under the legislation, both in a hardcopy format and on the Authority’s website.
To maintain your authorisation you must advise the Authority if any of these details change.
Please note it is illegal for an interstate betting operator who has not given notice to undertake betting with a person in South Australia.
As an authorised interstate betting operator, you must—
- offer your betting products only by telephone, internet or other electronic means—unassisted by local facilities;
- comply with the advertising and responsible gambling codes of practice and requirements for systems and procedures designed to prevent betting by minors prescribed by the Authority;
- provide an annual return to the Authority detailing betting operations over the course of the year in South Australia; and
- continue to comply with the conditions of, and offer only the betting permitted under, your home jurisdiction licence (or other authorisation).
Any failure to comply with the above requirements may result in disciplinary action, including withdrawal of your authorisation.
Please note you may also be subject to integrity and product fee requirements if you conduct betting on South Australian races. You should contact Racing SA—representing the three racing codes in South Australia—if you plan to take bets on South Australian races. Racing SA’s website is www.racingsa.com.au.
Ceasing Operations in South Australia
Under the Authorised Betting Operations Act 2000 an authorised interstate betting operator may give a notice of cessation of betting operations to the Independent Gambling Authority. Once notice has been given, the operator’s authorisation will cease as of the date notified. To do this, you can download the “Notice of Cessation Betting Operations” (Form IBC).
To correctly give notice you must complete this form, print it and send a signed copy to the provided postal address. You must also send a completed unsigned electronic copy—at the same time—to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that the Authorised Betting Operations Act 2000 clause 40B (7) requires you to send in an annual return containing the information that would have been required to be included in the next annual return had your operations continued. The notice will not be taken to have been given until such a return is provided.
On receipt of a correctly completed form the Authority will contact you confirming the cessation of your authorisation as an authorised interstate betting operator.
If you have any questions in relation to any of the matters outlined on this webpage or assistance in completing the notice, please contact the Authority’s office on 08 8226 7233.