Last week I wrote about gambling issues in Australian sport.
There have been two significant developments this week to share.
Yesterday (10 June) at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on the Gold Coast, state sport ministers agreed a national policy on match-fixing in sport. They have established a working group to develop an implementation plan for the national policy (Press Statement here. Australian Sports Commission news item here.)
Key features of the policy are:
- Agreement to pursue nationally consistent legislative arrangements
- Legal arrangements and integrity agreements between sports and betting companies which will include requirements to share information, provide sports with a right to veto bet types and provide a financial return from sports betting to sports
- The adoption of codes of conduct by sports
- The establishment of a National Integrity of Sport Unit to oversee the national
arrangements and provide support for smaller sports
- Government funding will be contingent on sports implementing appropriate anti-match-fixing and anti-corruption policies and practices.
The Chief Executive Officers of Australia’s seven major codes (AFL, ARU, Cricket, Football, Netball, NRL and Tennis) who are the founding members of the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMPPS) proposed an anti-corruption strategy to the Federal Sports Minister, Mark Arbib. (See Swimming’s support of these proposals here.)
COMPPS is calling for a new criminal offence of “cheating in connection with sports wagering”. It suggests that Victoria’s Sports Betting Act be adopted in all States and Territories in order that betting providers can share information with sports, including details of suspicious betting. Another recommendation is that sports should have a right to veto types of spot or exotic betting.
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