Australia’s growing list of blacklisted operators will add four more gambling sites. This comes from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), which has just announced the suspensions.

ACMA initiated and concluded investigations into four casinos — Malibu Club, Viggoslots Casino, Gibson Casino, and Always Vegas. All four were suspended from operating due to violations against the nation’s operational regulations on online gambling matters, i.e. the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001.

Thanks to the current gambling status in Australia, the Australian Communications and Media Authority is free to block a broad spectrum violating overseas and national gambling rules.

In 2017, ACMA announced its intention to impose stricter rules based on the 2001 Interactive Gambling Act. This way, online casino bans would include even heavier penalties to forestall their activities. Yet, since 2019, national gambling regulators took another turn and decided to block these illegal gambling sites entirely.

The main reason for blocking these websites is that they were violating rules outlined in the 2001 Interactive Gambling Act, meaning their services did not meet industry standards. Consequently, these platforms are now illegal in Australia, but their activity continues to be monitored.

Due to similar reasons, Casino Malibu Club, Viggoslots, Always Vegas, and Gibson Casino are on the latest list of casinos blocked by the ACMA. The ACMA blacklist includes 263 illegal websites and more than 130 casinos that have been pulled out of the Australian market.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority’s goal is to create a safe and sound gambling marketplace by blocking suspicious sites in a bid to warn the public about illegal gambling services that could rip off their players.

Australia’s gambling regulators from each territory might have had some minor conflicts in the past, but Australia’s live gambling and online gambling laws are still going strong. These laws are appreciated for their bid always to protect consumers and eliminate fraudulent sites.

Who Is ACMA?

ACMA or Australian Communications and Media Authority is an Australian Government statutory body in communications, established by merging Media Australia and Australian Broadcasting on July 1, 2005.

ACMA’s responsibility is to ensure communications and media operations for Australians through various regulations, laws, standards, and codes of practice. ACMA represents a converged regulatory body created to oversee broadcasting, the convergence of telecommunications, wireless communications, and the internet.

ACMA’s list of jurisdictions include:

  • Promoting competition and self-regulation in the telecommunications industry while protecting consumers.
  • Respecting community standards, promoting electronic media, and responding to the needs of users and audiences.
  • Managing approach to the radio frequency spectrum.
  • Representing Australia’s media and broadcasting interests internationally.