Gambling is an activity undertaken by many Australians; Over 80% of Australian adults engage in gambling of some kind, which is the highest rate of gambling in the world.
This number includes some 4% of the adult population who play the pokies at least once a week, accounting for some 62% of locals’ annual gambling spend.
Is Online Gambling Legal in Australia?
Yes. Simply put, it is not illegal to access and use an online gambling site; there are no Australian laws regarding your ability to gamble online. It would, however, be illegal to start your own online gambling site headquartered on Australian soil.
The Interactive Gambling Act passed by the Australian Commonwealth Parliament on June 28th, 2001 made it illegal for casino operators to offer ‘real-money’ online interactive gambling to residents of Australia.
While the bill clearly stated that the act prohibits local and offshore online gambling sites, the legislation does not appear to be enforced. Today, numerous online gambling sites openly accept Australians without consequence. 
The most important thing for Australian online gamblers to worry about is finding a legit online gambling website to use. There are countless sites that accept Aussies and AUD deposits, but we always recommend that you do a little research and stick with the biggest brands in the industry.
What is the Legal Gambling Age in Australia?
18. The legal gambling age in Australia is 18 years of age. Children under the age of 18 are not permitted to play, even for free, at any Australia gambling site or venue that offers real money games.
Do Australians Pay Taxes on Online Gambling Winnings?
Players in Australia do not have to pay taxes on their online gambling winnings. The reasons for this include:
1. Gambling is not considered a profession, it’s treated as a hobby or recreational activity.
2. The Australian government views gains from gambling activities not as income, but as a result of good luck.
3. Even if someone wins big, they also lose a lot in other gambling sessions. The government taxes gambling operators instead.
What are Some Problem Gambling Resources for Australians?
Australians love a punt and new research shows they wager more, and lose more, than any other country in the world.
In 2016, Australians lost more money per person — an average of US $990 — than any other developed country, according to research by consultancy H2 Gambling Capital. In comparison, runner-up Singapore lost $650 per person, and Ireland, which came third, $500.
With around 80,000 to 160,000 (or 0.5 – 1.0%) Australian adults experiencing significant problems from gambling, and a further 250,000 to 350,000 (or 1.4 – 2.1% of adults) experiencing moderate risks that may make them vulnerable to problem gambling, it’s possible that someone in your life may have a gambling problem.
1. Gambling Help Online AU
2. Gamblers Anonymous AU