The Australian government has confirmed it is to introduce a number of regulatory changes that will seek to offer enhanced protection to those who enjoy online gambling activities.
Following a report into the Interactive Gambling Act, the national authority has opted to put a new plan in place.
A total of 32 recommendations have been made, including clauses that consumer protection measures are instigated and harm minimisation is ensured.
Communications minister Stephen Conroy is quoted by Computerworld as saying: "I have written to state and territory gambling ministers to seek their commitment to the development and implementation of a national standard and to seek their views on the other recommendations."
One of the conclusions made in the report is that a new body should be set up - including representatives from various states, industry organisations and researchers - to ensure online gambling enthusiasts are protected.
Civil penalties will be dished out by the Australian Communications and Media Authority to those responsible for illegal gambling services.