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Research Reports for the Review of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001

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ATM ID:
DCON/11/178
Agency:
Department of Communications and the Arts
Category:
80101505 - Corporate objectives or policy development
Close Date & Time:
13-Sep-2011 10:00 am (ACT Local Time)
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Publish Date:
26-Aug-2011
Location:
ACT, NSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD, NT, TAS
Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart
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Request for Tender

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No

Description:

The Department is seeking to commission two research reports to provide an information base for the review, as follows:

 

Report 1: Access To Online Gambling

The research report should cover information on:

  • current prevalence of online gambling by Australians on Australian based sites and overseas based sites. This should cover both online gambling that is allowed by the IGA as well as online gambling that is prohibited to be provided under the IGA (including online poker card playing)
  • the relative prevalence of problem gambling amongst Australian online gamblers on both allowed and prohibited services
  • relative frequency of different payment methods used by Australian online gamblers using both allowed and prohibited services
  • problem online gambling risk factors including demographic and other related risk factors and whether there are different risk factors associated with different types of online gambling such as online poker games (both tournament online poker and cash games) or sports wagering
  • for those people that already gamble online, preferences to play on a regulated site if one was available rather than on an unregulated site
  • for those that do not currently gamble online, likelihood of gambling on a regulated site if a regulated site was available
  • effectiveness of different harm minimisation measures for online gambling including those adopted overseas as well as those suggested by the Productivity Commission:
    • player identification to prevent underage play, duplicate accounts and betting by individuals involved in an event
    • communication of account activity in an easily comprehendible and meaningful format
    • pre-commitment strategies for time and money
    • education about games, statistical probabilities of winning and responsible gambling including practical strategies
    • dynamic warnings
    • feedback on player behaviour including self-tests and alert systems which identify potentially problematic play
    • self-exclusion options
    • customer support
 
  • examples of best practice in other countries that have introduced regulated access to online gambling, including the architecture of regulation and taxation.
  • examples of best practice in other countries of limiting access to unregistered online gambling service providers

 

Report 2: 'In the run' Betting

The IGA defines 'in the run' betting as gambling that takes place after an event has started.

There are two main types of 'in the run' gambling:

  • gambling on the final outcome of an event after that event has started (e.g. betting on the outcome of a football game at half-time); and
  • gambling on the outcome of a subset of an event (micro betting) which can take a number of forms including:
    •     ball by ball betting or betting on the next point; and
    •     betting on specific contingencies within an event (such as who will kick the next goal or who will score the next point).

The IGA prohibits the provision of both these types of betting where the service is provided online. These types of gambling are allowed to be offered:

  • online before an event has started; or
  • over the telephone (or at a physical location) after the event has started.

In respect of these provisions of the IGA, the research report should cover information on:

  • the prevalence of 'in the run' betting and 'micro' betting in Australia and overseas, whether using telephone or online betting services or other services
  • the extent to which these types of gambling raise additional risks from a problem gambling perspective, including whether there are different problem gambling risks associated with betting on the final outcome of an event after the event has started compared to micro or ball by ball betting
  • the issues that arise from having different rules regarding the same services delivered online and via the telephone
  • approaches taken overseas to these types of online wagering, including regulatory measures, harm minimisation measures and measures to protect consumers and the integrity of sport
  • the extent to which permitting either of these two types of wagering online is likely to create a greater level of risk in terms of problem gambling, consumer protection and the integrity of a sports event
    • this should be considered in terms of accessing these services both online or via the telephone 
  • what additional measures might be applied to 'in the run' betting and micro betting to preserve the integrity of sports events and consumer protection

 

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