Online casino gambling in Australia
There’s been a big boost to online gambling in Australia in recent years. There are more sites than ever catering to Australian players and using the AUD currency. Online gambling is legal in Australia but doesn’t get a lot of attention due to confusing advertising laws. Traditional casinos still have a big presence too, but online sites with Aussie themes are growing bigger by the day. Finding a site with the right regional support is also easy, which is very handy if you run into problems.
Pros and cons of playing in Australia
Australia has the huge benefit of legally allowing online gambling. The legal age for gambling across the nation is 18. You are within your rights to gamble as an Australian citizen and should readily find casino sites. There is some confusion around this matter, partly because Australia does not legally allow the open advertisement of gambling. This causes Australia to be confused with other countries where gambling is illegal, but that is not the case. Even land casinos must adhere to the same advertising restrictions.
The result is that you are legally allowed to gamble online in Australia, but may find that it’s hard at first to find sites. Fortunately, there’s a big network of dedicated slot players in Australia (they call slots ‘pokies’) who spread the word all the time, through websites like gambling portals. You can even use sites outside of Australia, provided they’re based in a country that can accept you. Australian gambling sites will tell you if this is not the case. When you seek out Aussie casino sites, you’ll quickly start finding them. Look for sites that have the seal of approval from international groups like eCOGRA, which certify sites for their fairness, so you know you’re in good hands.
Australian sites will accept most payment methods, from debit and credit cards to e-wallet services. PayPal, Skrill and Neteller are popular on Aussie sites. The currency used will default to AUD but some sites do cater to others. You should also have no trouble finding sites that use English language support, by phone, live chat and email. Deposits will generally be instant and withdrawals take around 3 working days, but this does vary depending on your method. Online only methods tend to be a little faster. Give casinos 24 hours to let the money leave their hands. Should you have any issues getting paid, always speak to the site first, then your bank or chosen e-wallet. As a last resort you can involve the site’s licensing body.
Australian sites are very competitive, perhaps because of the prevalence of well established, glamorous land casinos. They have to compete with the attraction of Australian casinos as a holiday destination and beauty spot. The result is that they tend to offer great welcome bonuses, often worth hundreds of dollars, plus they get the latest games from online producers like Microgaming. All in all, online gambling is thriving in Australia and looks set to be a huge market.