Australia has enjoyed a big boost in online gambling in the last decade, with record numbers of players joining casinos. There are more sites than ever catering to Australian players and Australian currency, but some confusion over advertising legality has made this unclear for many new players. This is a country with a lot of big, traditional casinos aimed at tourists, so online sites focus more on catering to Australian locals. Now that those sites are getting traction, Australians have a lot of places to play.
Gambling online is absolutely legal in Australia, for anyone over the age of 18. Underage gambling is strictly illegal as with many countries, in an effort to combat problem gambling. Australian citizens are completely legally entitled to gamble online but some people are put off by some confusing grey areas regarding gambling advertising. While gambling itself is legal, the open advertising of gambling is not. This means that a lot of potential players either don’t get introduced to gambling, or they associate it with illegality. Fortunately this is not the case and even the long standing traditional casinos have to adhere to the same rules.
This can mean that Australian players have a hard time finding sites, but a little looking around can solve this. There’s a huge community of slot fans in the country (though they typically refer to slots as pokies), so there are plenty of online portals and review sites to help with this. The legal status of online gambling in Australia does not affect taxation. Gambling winnings in Australia are not taxed, because it is not considered a profession. Your gains are recreational and considered good luck, not an income. Great news for Aussie players!
Making withdrawals and deposits is pretty easy for Australian players. The majority of Australian online casinos accept a wide selection of payment methods. Typically, you can use the major debit and credit cards like Mastercard and Visa, or e-wallet services like Skrill, EcoPayz and Neteller. Deposits will be instant as standard and withdrawals take around 3 working days, varying on method. You should have no issues finding sites that use the AUD currency and have English language support teams, too. If in doubt check that your chosen site has the seal of approval from a governing body like eCOGRA for fairness and security.
The new crop of Australian sites offer games from a few software providers, plus Australian players can generally play on sites from other countries too. However the main provider that caters to large Australian sites is Microgaming. The majority of sites you visit will be powered by their software and games. This is a good thing, because this huge studio produces some of the best and most popular games in the world. They have the huge Thunderstruck II which has a Norse god theme, some big name movie slots like Bridesmaids and of course they offer progressive jackpots. Some Microgaming powered sites vary their amounts of slots versus table games, so it’s worth shopping around.