Representing Australia's online wagering and sportsbetting industry

The Australian Wagering Council (AWC) is the peak industry body representing 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 ensuring high standards of probity, integrity and social responsibility from its members. 

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 together with broadcast and advertising industry codes of practice. 

Industry Contribution

AWC members provide a recreational and social experience for over two million Australians balancing the legitimate right of customers to wager on racing and sporting events with the industry's responsibility to protect consumers and 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, pays in excess of $100 million to racing and sports and contributes over $100 million per annum in taxes to government.

Supporting Community Initiatives and Research

The AWC actively supports community initiatives such as Responsible Gambling Awareness Week  to raise awareness of the importance of responsible gambling practices and the importance of maintaining a balanced approach to gambling and National Consumer Fraud Week (in June) to increase the level of fraud awareness in the community.

The AWC believes that it is essential to ensure that all policy-making be based on robust research. As such, it supports the need for further research to provide comprehensive data upon which to base evidence-based policies.

Current Research - Harm Minimisation (The University of Sydney)

The University of Sydney is conducting a study, led by Professor Alex Blaszczynski, Ms. Kirsten Shannon, and Dr. Fadi Anjoul, on harm minimisation.  The study, funded by the NSW Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing, is seeking the assistance of gamblers and their family members by completing a brief online questionnaire (that will take approximately 15 minutes) about gambling behaviour and the use of harm minimisation services.  This information will be used to better inform responsible gambling policies.  Responses are completely anonymous.

To participate in the community gambler survey:

To participate in the family member survey:


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Wed, May 20th 2015   |   Presentations
AWC Chief Executive Address to the Victorian Police Sporting Integrity Symposium May 2015

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Wed, May 20th 2015   |   Presentations
AWC Presentation to the Victorian Police Sporting Integrity Symposium May 2015

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Fri, April 24th 2015   |   Releases
AWC warns online gambling tax may cripple industry

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