Responsible Online Wagering Services: Draft 1 Consultation Open

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Client Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC), is undertaking a project to develop a new Unit of Competency to address the responsible provision of online wagering services.

This Unit of Competency will form the basis of this national training for employees of Australian-licensed online wagering services, a key consumer protection measure under the National Consumer Protection Framework for Online Wagering in Australia.

Background

On 28 April, 2016, the Commonwealth Government released its response to the Review of Illegal Offshore Wagering (the Review), which was conducted by the Hon. Barry O’Farrell. The Review found that strong and nationally consistent consumer protections need to be introduced to address the rise in online gambling harm and the increased convenience of online wagering. In particular, the Review identified that online gambling is the fastest growing gambling segment in Australia, with over $1.4 billion gambled online each year. Of concern to all governments is that the rate of problem gambling for online gamblers in Australia is three times higher than that across other gambling platforms, including land-based gambling.

Addressing these concerns, and at the core of the Government’s response to the Review, is a National Consumer Protection Framework for Online Wagering in Australia (the National Framework). The aim of the National Framework is to provide strong and nationally consistent consumer protections for Australians who wager online.

A key consumer protection measure under the National Framework is the development of an online training module, which will aim to educate employees of Australian-licensed online wagering providers on the responsible provision of online wagering services. Although a definitive figure is not available, there are approximately 10,000 staff employed in the online wagering industry in Australia.

The ten National Framework consumer protection measures include:

9. Staff Training

Staff involved in providing online wagering services, or with the capacity to influence the service, will be trained in responsible service of online wagering. This will help to reduce harm by creating a culture of responsible gambling within wagering organisations nationally.


The development of the Unit of Competency CHCFIN005 Provide responsible online wagering services has been commissioned to form the basis of this national training for employees of Australian-licensed online wagering services.

Project Governance

This project is being directed by the Client Services IRC. The membership of this IRC is as follows:



Project Status – Draft 1 Consultation

Draft 1 of the Unit of Competency is now available for public consultation. Interested stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback via the SkillsIQ Online Feedback forum, or by engaging in one of the consultation workshops or webinars listed below.

The draft Unit of Competency is available for comment on the SkillsIQ Online Feedback Forum here.


Consultation Activities

National consultation on Draft 1 will occur from Thursday, 08 August and will close at 5.00pm on Friday, 27 September 2019. During this period input will be sought on the draft Unit of Competency and its associated Assessment Requirements.

A series of face-to-face workshops will be held across all states and territories, along with webinars and access to the SkillsIQ Online Feedback Forum. Please click on the links below to register for a workshop or webinar.

Webinars:

Date                              Time

Monday, 26 August    1:30pm – 2:30pm AEST - closed 
Thursday, 29 August  9:00am – 10:00am AEST - closed

Workshops:

Date                                          City                  Time
Tuesday, 27 August                Brisbane        1:00pm – 2:00pm - closed
Friday, 30 August                    Canberra       11:30am – 12:30pm - closed
Monday, 2 September           Melbourne    12:00pm – 1:00pm - closed
Tuesday, 3 September           Sydney           11:30am – 12:30pm - closed
Wednesday, 4 September     Adelaide        1:00pm – 2:00pm - closed
Thursday, 5 September         Perth              3:30pm – 4:30pm - closed
Friday, 6 September               Darwin           3:30pm – 4:30pm - closed
Monday, 16 September         Hobart           12:00pm – 1:00pm - closed

The draft Unit of Competency is available for comment on the SkillsIQ Online Feedback Forum here.

Project Timings

Figure 1: Stages of Training Package Product development.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Melinda Brown on (02) 9392 8100 or melinda.brown@skillsiq.com.au.