It’s important to stay safe while gambling online.
First of all, you should check if it’s a legal website on this register of licensed providers in Australia. If it’s not on the register it could be illegal. Find out more about gambling on overseas websites here.
Even if you are using a legal Australian website or service, it’s a good idea to make sure you avoid losing more than you can afford.
Many gambling operators have appealing marketing and tempting offers. Always read the terms and conditions of your bet and be careful of betting on novelties such as the weather.
Notifications and promotions can tempt you to bet more than you plan. Opt out of receiving marketing emails and messages to avoid decisions you might later regret. To opt out, speak to your gambling provider or follow the responsible gambling links on their website.
It’s also a good idea to get to know your betting websites and apps. They have features to help you gamble responsibly. For example, you can set limits on how much you deposit into your account and how much you can bet.
Your bank might also be able to help you stay in control – whether through spending trackers on banking apps and activity statements, or through transaction limits. Ask your bank how they can help.
Finally, if your gambling does get out of hand, you can self-exclude from your online betting accounts. You will be able to withdraw any remaining balance, but you won’t be able to re-open the account, place any bets or deposit any more money. If you just want to take a break, you can also deactivate your account temporarily. You can choose whether it’s for days, weeks or months.