We try to fill this site with as much useful and helpful information as we can, but there’s a limit to how much we can publish and how much we can say. So, to fill in those gaps, and to point you to some of the resources that we use to create our articles, we wrote this directory.
- The ACT Gambling and Racing Commission: This is an independent body in Australia, and one that deals with gambling and racing in the country, both offline and online. This organisation was created under section 5 of the Gambling and Racing Control Act of 1999, which is linked below. Basically, they regulate all casinos and race tracks in Australia, and govern a number of separate laws that concern these activities.
- Gambling and Racing Control Act: There are many different rules and regulations that control the gambling industry in Australia. That’s because there are laws for offline and online (interactive) gambling, and there are also different laws for different official bodies, and different laws for different states. Confusing, right? Well, try to read some of the legislation, this one included, as it gets even more confusing from that point on.
- Problem Gambling: This is one of our favourite sites, but not because we have any issues with our gambling. In fact, we’re fairly moderate gamblers and still really enjoy our gambling. The reason we love this site so much is because it is loaded with stats on gambling in Australia, including some rather surprising information concerning just how many people gamble in this country and how much they spend on a yearly basis. If you do have an issue, then this site is even more useful, as there is a resource kit that can lend a helping hand, as well as some contact information that should be able to help you.
- Gambling and Lotteries: This is another official body for gambling in Australia, covering the casino, pokie and lottery industries in particular. If you want to run a gambling enterprise in this country, then you have to go through these guys first. There are also some interesting statistics on online gambling here in Australia, as well as a number of important and useful links. You can even find information on lottery and gambling scams here, which are worth keeping an eye out for if you spend a lot of your time gambling.
- Gambling Help Online: This is a gambling support company, and one that is available 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week. If you think that your gambling may be getting out of hand, if you are concerned for how much money you are losing or how your gambling is controlling your life, then these guys can help. They are also able to help people whose loved ones are experiencing problems with gambling, and those who gamble on a regular basis and think that they might be susceptible to such issues, even if they have yet to surface.
- The Sydney Herald: This is a newspaper article from one of New South Wales’ biggest broadsheets. This article is more than 6 months old at the time of writing, but age is irrelevant, as this will always be an important and a telling read. We all know that Aussies love to gamble and we all probably have an idea of just how much they love to gamble. But some of the stats in this article are eye-opening. In particular, the stats that shows Aussies not only lose the most money when it comes to gambling, but that the amount they lose is increasing year by year. To put it simply, gambling is huge, and it’s getting even bigger.
- Interactive Gambling Act of 2001: This is the law of all laws where online gambling is concerned in Australia. It refers to “interactive” gambling, which basically includes most forms of online gambling, and also several forms of offline gambling. Many gamblers don’t seem to realise this, but this act refers as much to some offline bingo and poker games as it does to online games. There are ways around it and many gambling operators have exploited those loop holes, but it’s all a bit of a legal confusion.
- Gambling Research: The Australian Gambling Research Centre, or the AGRC for short, is a part of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, and is an official government organisation. It is focused on researching into gambling in Australia, which it does as a means of keeping problem gambling at bay. It also looks into ways that gambling can have less of a negative effect on society, but again, this mainly stems from problem gambling. In their own words, they, “[provide] high quality, evidence-based publications and resources for policy-makers, researchers and professionals in the area of gambling.”