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Senet Announces Gambling Regulatory Education Programme


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Specialised training for organisations in the gambling sector will be rolled out for the first time in Australia as part of a new partnership between Australia’s leading specialist gambling law, regulatory, and compliance advisory, Senet, and the International Centre for Gaming Regulation (ICGR).

Senet’s five-day gambling regulation education programme, Regulating the Game, is aimed at providing attendees with deeper sector knowledge and an understanding of key compliance and regulatory principles and how to apply them.

The announcement comes as a royal commission examines the regulation of the gambling industry in WA, informed by the NSW Bergin probe, as well as a royal commission being undertaken in VIC.

Senet regulatory and gambling specialist Paul Newson said the nature of the training was one-of-a-kind worldwide and would address the distinct challenges facing the industry in 2021.

“Australians love a punt and outspend the rest of the world by a decent margin per capita. In the face of regulatory headwinds and associated public policy uncertainty, it is increasingly important for industry to demonstrate effective governance, contribute to policy discussions and cultivate a workplace culture of compliance and social responsibility.

“This course will equip individuals and organisations alike to enhance their capacity to participate in policy discourse, inform effective public policy, contribute to efficient regulation and help achieve a secure, safe, responsible, innovative and vibrant sector.

“Training of this nature with a mix of Australian and international experts is not available anywhere – it’s truly exceptional – we’ve lined up a star cast of leading practitioners in gambling law and regulation with vast industry knowledge and experience.

“To name a few, Gaming Laboratories International will contribute vital regulatory technology expertise and AUSTRAC, Australia’s financial intelligence unit and AML/CTF regulator, will share its expertise around known and emerging AML risk in the gambling sector including casinos, bookmakers and licensed venues.”

Newson said the programme will run concurrently with the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE), also held at the ICC Sydney, giving attendees further opportunities to experience emerging technologies and products and speak with leading industry figures about innovation and emerging trends that are expected to shape the future direction of the sector.

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Stats Perform to exclusively distribute Australian Open video and data rights in extensive new partnership with Tennis Australia to make every game, set and match mean more

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Stats Perform will be the exclusive distributor of live video streaming and ultrafast data to licensed sports betting operators for Tennis Australia, including cutting-edge new features to make every game, set and match mean more.

The multi-year agreement sees Stats Perform add the Australian Open, Australian Open Qualifying and other TA tournaments to its wide portfolio of premium live betting streams and trading data.

Tennis Australia will use Stats Perform’s media tools including Opta Facts, PressBox Graphics and extensive news services to build bigger audiences for Tennis Australia and Australian tennis players as they compete on year-round global tours.

Stats Perform’s Integrity division will also join forces with TA’s in-house Integrity Unit to monitor all matches for potential match manipulation. 

This will include Stats Perform Integrity’s core services on competition and match integrity risk management, namely pre-tournament risk assessments as well as monitoring, intelligence and analysis of the global markets along with performance analysis and investigation of any instances of suspected match manipulation.

The deep integrity support will also provide access to investigative services incorporating digital forensics and due diligence to ensure a robust approach to managing risk around tennis played in Australia. 

Cedric Conelis, Tennis Australia Chief Revenue Officer, commented, “Stats Perform has a reputation for trust and innovation, making them a clear choice and providing more opportunities for us to reach and engage with our fans.”

Carl Mergele, CEO, Stats Perform, added, “Our focus is on extending the incredible entertainment on the court or field, to help those in the sports business capture more fan attention, for longer. We are honoured to have been chosen to work with Tennis Australia – an organisation which shares our goal of protecting and elevating the fan experience, for new and existing tennis audiences across the globe.”  

The deal is the latest addition to Stats Perform’s growing portfolio of tennis rights, which includes the WTA Tour, Wimbledon, ITF Davis Cup World Group and the Billie Jean Cup.

The announcement comes shortly after Stats Perform claimed Best Sports Data Provider for Opta and RunningBall, and Best Mobile Innovation, for Instant Highlights and Smart Stats Overlays™, at the SBC Awards. 

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NSW to Reform Casino Tax Rates

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Casino tax arrangements will be reformed by the NSW Government to help fund vital services.

The proposed increases are anticipated to commence on 1 July 2023 and include tax rates on what the casinos earn from gaming tables and poker machines. They are forecast to raise an additional $364 million over the next three years.

Treasurer Matt Kean said the changes will support the State’s fiscal sustainability as it continues to invest in communities recovering from the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19, bushfires and floods.

“It’s important that casinos pay their fair share of tax. These reformed tax rates will replace the existing regime under which casinos pay less tax on poker machines than hotels and clubs,” Mr Kean said.

“These changes will ensure that the casinos continue to make an appropriate contribution to the community and support the delivery of vital Government services.”

Mr Kean said casinos provide employment and entertainment for thousands of people across the State and these changes will support their ongoing contribution to the NSW economy.

The updated poker machine rate will bring NSW into line with Victoria, following recent reforms to casino taxation arrangements announced in the 2022-23 Victorian Budget.

The NSW Government, through the Responsible Gambling Fund, is spending $33 million in 2022-23 to support people experiencing gambling harm, educating the community on the risks of gambling and investing in research to better understand gambling behaviour. The 2022-23 NSW Budget committed to allocating an additional $5 million per year to the Responsible Gambling Fund, increasing in line with inflation.

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ACMA Blocks Two Illegal Offshore Gambling Websites

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The ACMA has requested the Australian internet service providers (ISPs) to block two illegal offshore gambling websites, after investigations found that those two websites are operating in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.

The latest sites blocked include Pokizino and ABA Lucky 33.

Website blocking is one of a range of enforcement options to protect Australians against illegal online gambling. Since the ACMA made its first blocking request in November 2019, 652 illegal gambling and affiliate websites have been blocked.

Over 180 illegal services have also pulled out of the Australian market since the ACMA started enforcing new illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017.

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