New federal plan will provide national enforcement of gambling exclusion orders

Orders are being drawn up in Australia to stop criminals laundering money through casinos and gambling venues nationwide.

Gambling exclusion orders are already imposed but only at state and territory levels. Federal Home Affairs Minister Brendan O’Connor says people who have been subject to one state exclusion order have moved to other jurisdictions where venues are unaware of the order.

He said the federal plan would see each state and territory pass legislation to enable gambling exclusion orders that are issued in other jurisdictions to be recognized within their borders.

O’Connor said work was under way to design a suitable scheme that met the needs of different jurisdictions and provided an efficient way to achieve national recognition and co-ordination of gambling exclusion orders.

The national enforcement of gambling exclusion orders was supported by all jurisdictions at Friday's Ministerial Council on the Administration of Justice meeting in Canberra.