Even though it is early in 2013, gambling has not been far from the headlines in the Australian press.
The integrity of Australian sport has been subjected to significant comment as a result of the release by the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) of its paper “Organised Crime and Drugs in Sport”. This report, and commentary relating to the report, have intimated that Australian athletes who use prohibited substances are at risk of being targeted by organised criminal groups involved in match fixing. Despite the strident headlines suggesting that match fixing may become endemic in Australian sport, there have been a number of other articles which have indicated that there exists a considerable number of safeguards already in place through the licensed sports betting sector to address these integrity concerns. These safeguards include measures which have the objective to detect match fixing attempts at the earliest possible stage. These integrity concerns were addressed at a Forum hosted by Addisons in late November 2012 attended by representatives of bookmakers, sports, and other relevant bodies.1