According to a study more gambling, in both online and offline casinos, is done per capita in Australia than any other nation worldwide. Australians love to gamble, as brick and mortar casinos have been in place for a long time. Australians love to be playful and always appreciate the gamification of different aspects of life. They also enjoyed online gambling when this was legal and widely used. Before 2016 the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001 was in place, then came an amendment to this law called the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill of 2016.
Under this new law, online sites and casinos could not advertise real money games on their sites. Only Australian sports betting and lotteries sites could be legally played with real money if the bets were placed before the draws took place. This meant that players in Australia were no longer able to partake in gamification play in both online poker or casino games whose sites were based in Australia. This caused many of the Australian based online casinos to register in other jurisdictions where it is not a crime for Australians to gamble on internationally based online gambling casinos. Australia’s gambling laws do not apply to these sites and casinos. Many Australians use them to play all their favorite online games, such as slots, craps, blackjack, poker, plus baccarat and roulette to enjoy the trappings of a gamification environment.
Australia is one of the few countries in the world where gambling winnings from casinos are not viewed as income, so no taxes are applied to a player for its local and international winning too. Australia views gambling winnings because of good luck. The taxes are applied at different rates for the operators of gambling sites. Each state taxes differently according to their turnover, services, and on player’s profits and losses.
With the high rate of gambling and general gamification done previously before the new gambling amendment came into effect, the government’s new amendment had little effect on the online playing population of Australia. It managed to scare away tax-paying operators, and only helped Australians to spend their money in international online casino’s. As Australians were used to the privilege of playing online before the amendment, taking their online gambling away did not stop the gambling, it only taught them to be more inventive.