On 10 June 2011, a National Policy on Match-Fixing in Sport was endorsed by all Australian sports ministers in an effort to combat match-fixing and associated undesirable sports betting activities in Australia. A National Operational Sports Betting Model was then agreed to by the various State and Territory sports ministers on 30 September 2011 (Model). As a result, the Racing Administration Amendment (Sports Betting National Operational Model) Bill 2014 (NSW) (Sports Betting Bill) was introduced in the Legislative Assembly on 19 March 2014. Its purpose is to implement the Model in NSW and regulate betting on sporting events.
The Sports Betting Bill proposes to make amendments to the Racing Administration Act 1998 (NSW) as well as associated amendments to the Greyhound Racing Act 2009 (NSW), Harness Racing Act 2009 (NSW), Thoroughbred Racing Act 1996 (NSW) and the Unlawful Gambling Act 1998 (NSW). Briefly, it is envisaged that one person or body will be prescribed as the sports controlling body for each type of sport, and that betting service providers will be required to enter into integrity agreements with such bodies if they wish to offer betting services in relation to events occurring in that sport.
Thomson Geer intends to issue a separate more detailed alert on the Sports Betting Bill in due course. At present, the Sports Betting Bill is awaiting its second reading debate in the Legislative Assembly.