The Australian Wagering Council (AWC) is the peak industry body representing the interests of Australia's online wagering and sportsbetting industry.
Through policy leadership and advocacy, the AWC provides a united industry approach to issues that impact the continuing sustainability of the industry. This includes taking all appropriate measures to protect the integrity of sport and to ensuring high standards of probity, integrity and social responsibility from its members.
Current members include:
Betchoice (operating as Unibet)
Sportsbet (including its subsidiary IASbet.com)
Sportingbet Group Australia (including Sportingbet, Centrebet and TomWaterhouse.com)
The online wagering and sportsbetting industry operates in a highly regulated environment in accordance with an extensive framework of government (federal, state and territory) legislation and regulations, responsible gambling and advertising codes, broadcast and advertising industry codes of practice and AWC self-regulatory codes and statements of intent.
The AWC aims to preserve the benefits of wagering for the industry’s two million customers while ensuring access to consumer protection, responsible gambling and harm minimisation measures.
AWC members provide a recreational and social experience for many Australians balancing the legitimate right of customers to wager on racing and sporting events with the industry's responsibility to minimise harm to vulnerable members of the community.
The Australian Productivity Commission Report into Gambling (2010) reported that wagering on racing (thoroughbred, harness and greyhounds) represented 13.6% of the Australian 'official' gambling spend with sportsbetting estimated at 1.2% or $200 million of the total $19 billion spend. In comparison, 55% was spent playing the 'pokies' in clubs and hotels, 18.2% on casino gaming and 12% on lotteries, pools and keno.
The online wagering and sportsbetting industry in Australia employs more than 1000 Australians, has over two million Australian customers, pays in excess of $100 million in product fees per annum to racing and sports and contributes over $100 million per annum in taxes to government.
A new mobile phone app has been launched by the NSW Responsible Gambling Fund. The free ‘Stay on Track’ app is an educational tool designed to reinforce the importance of responsible gambling and to promote the budgeting and tracking of gambling expenditure. Visit www.gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au to download the free app.
The AWC recently supported the Bundaberg Flood Recovery Appeal with members donating their wagering revenue from the Bundaberg Race Club's feature race on April 6. “This is a fantastic initiative to support a hard hit community and our membership of wagering operators is only too happy to donate their Bundaberg Ginger Beer Flood Relief Sustain Series Cup wagering revenue. To kick start the fundraising the Sportingbet team guaranteed a minimum $5,000 donation and Bet 365 donated $3,000 to this cause.” AWC CEO Mr Downy said.
Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW) is a partnership between government, industry and community that aims to raise community awareness of the importance of responsible gambling practices and the importance of maintaining a balanced approach to gambling.
The AWC is committed to promoting responsible gambling with members actively supporting RGAW and promoting their responsible gambling practices to their customers utilising social media and the online environment.
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