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Credit card gambling ban comes into force

Credit cards can't be used for gambling from today, but is that enough?

Credit cards can't be used for gambling from today, but is that enough? Photo: TND/Getty

Gamblers are now banned from using their credit cards and digital currency to fund online betting in a bid to stamp down on problem gambling.

Credit cards linked to digital wallets, cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and any other new forms of credit are included in the ban.

It brings rules for online betting into line with land‑based gambling regulations.

The industry was given a six-month transition period, with the full ban taking force from Tuesday.

Companies that don’t comply face fines of up to $234,750.

There are no changes to paying for online lotteries, which still allow credit card payments.

The communications watchdog has also been given expanded powers to enforce the restrictions.

The federal government is mulling a push to phase out gambling advertising over three years, which was one of 31 recommendations that came out of a parliamentary inquiry on problem gambling.

Communications minister Michelle Rowland said the government would have more announcements on gambling prevention in the future.

“Australians should not be gambling with money they do not have,” Rowland said.

“This ban builds on the significant progress to minimise gambling harm that the Albanese Government has made over the past two years, which is already benefiting thousands of vulnerable Australians.

Recent gambling reforms include a betting self-exclusion register, which has already been used by 22,000 people.

From September, computer games with gambling-like content will be slapped with a mandatory minimum classification of R18+ while those with in-game purchases will be classified as M.

– AAP

Topics: gambling
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