Australia's Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCCC) has announced a blanket ban on betting on all under-19 sports competitions.
The VGCCC’s ban applies to sporting events where all participants are minors. It also prohibits betting in Victoria on the individual performance of athletes aged under 18 who are playing in senior or junior events.
This includes wagering on outcomes such as first goal scorer or first wicket taken, when the player is a minor. However, bets can still be made on team outcomes in senior sports when minors are playing.
Sports controlling bodies have been directed to amend agreements with betting providers to ensure they prohibit offering markets involving minors. The VGCCC said the ban also applies to other sports not governed by an approved sports controlling body.
Sporting bodies and betting operators will have 60 days from 3 August to comply with the new rules. After this period, offering bets on minors could lead to regulatory acti..