ONLINE betting companies were banned this week from offering lines of credit to desperate punters as the Federal Government promised the new law was just the start of a crackdown on the fastest growing form of gambling.
In the next few months it will become illegal for online betting companies to offer new gamblers with special deals and bonuses or for players to refer a friend.
Betting company staff will also have to undergo lessons in “responsible gaming” — similar to those for alcohol serving.
Federal Human Services Minister Alan Tudge (above) said the crackdown, agreed to by all state and federal ministers, would also make it easier for people to “self-exclude” themselves from online gambling in a straightforward “one step process”. “The gambling problems of the future will all come from the online space if we don’t put sensible protections in place now,” Mr Tudge said.
The first part of the reforms became law last Wednesday with bans on payday lenders being allowed to also offer online gambling. There was also a clampdown on the online operators promising lines of credit.