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Victoria, Australia. Peter Cohen. Victorians like to think Melbourne is the sporting capital of the world. Australian Open Tennis. Formula 1 Grand Prix. Moto GP. Olympic Games (1956). Commonwealth Games (2006). ID: 224736 Download Presentation

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Sportsbetting in

Victoria, Australia

Peter Cohen


Victorians like to think Melbourne is the sporting capital of the worldAustralian Open TennisFormula 1 Grand PrixMoto GPOlympic Games (1956)Commonwealth Games (2006)Home of Australian Football (AFL)Spring Racing Carnival (including Melbourne Cup Day – a public holiday) Boxing Day Test (cricket)

Sport in Victoria



Sportsbetting in Australia is a A$3.5 billion (US$3.1 billion) per annum market Has been legal and regulated since 1982 and allows betting on approved events by licensed providersVictoria recognised the threats to integrity and implemented a new regulatory scheme in 2007Scheme includes enhanced integrity measures to protect both betting and the sportresponsible gambling requirementsmechanism for the distribution of benefits



Gaming regulator can approve a sport as suitable for betting but only if satisfied thatthe sport has manageable integrity risksthe sporting event is administered by an organisation capable of enforcing rules to ensure integrity of the sportbetting would not be offensive or not be contrary to the public interestRegulator approves betting rulesRegulator approves and monitors betting system

Integrity measures


In Victoria, a sport can be approved as a “sports controlling body” if it satisfies regulator that it is the controlling body, has adequate integrity procedures and acts on integrity concernsIntegrity procedures include:Ban on players, club officials, referees, etc, from placing bets on that sportDocumented rules of games which clarify how results are determined (eg, what happens if the lights go out mid-match? Or if a player withdraws through injury during a game?)

Sports empowered


Once approved as a “sports controlling body”, licensed betting operators can only take bets on that sport’s events with the sport’s approvalSports will grant approval to licensed betting operators who agree to integrity proceduresSuch as exchange of information about suspicious betting transactionsChecks to see if sports’ players or officials have placed betsSports can also require betting companies to pay a fee

Sports benefits


Approved “sports controlling bodies” have ability to restrict betting on options they consider inappropriateSuch as which player will be carried off the ground on a stretcher firstEnforced through agreements with betting providersRegulator can also ban individual contingenciesBut to date has not done so as there has been no need

Betting controls


YesEliminates illegal sports betting* as there is no market for itIntegrity of sport enhancedExchange of information has helped sports identify players and officials betting on their own sportSuspicious events occurring in the sport itself investigated using betting dataSuspicious bets help sports monitor game play*Note: Apart from illegal online “in-the-run” betting banned by Federal legislation

Does the scheme work?


Complimentary legislation in other Australian StatesSimilar legislative schemes in other countries, particularly those with sophisticated, professional sporting competitionsMaking cheating at sport for the purpose of financial gain a criminal offence

How could it be improved?


Speak to me laterWebsite of the Victorian 412 296 952

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