Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Match-fixers to face jail under Australia-wide laws

Match-fixers to face jail under Australia-wide laws
November 18, 2011

Federal Minister for Sport Mark Arbib has welcomed the announcement that match-fixers could be jailed for 10 years, after State and Territory justice ministers today agreed to introduce nationally consistent criminal offences.

The Standing Council on Law and Justice supported the development of consistent national match-fixing offences with a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment for those who are found guilty of using inside information for the purposes of placing bets where they know the outcome of a sporting event has been fixed.

There will be similar penalties for those who engage in match-fixing conduct or who encourage others to do so.

Senator Arbib said the steps taken by the Standing Council on Law and Justice complemented the work of Australia's Sports Ministers, who in June adopted a National Policy on Match-Fixing in Sport, stating "the introduction of specific match-fixing offences will send the message to anyone seeking to corrupt sport that we are serious and we won't tolerate that behaviour.

"We want to make sure we do everything possible to send a message to those people who want to be involved in match-fixing that there will be jail time, and it won't be a light punishment.

"The decision to adopt consistent national match-fixing offences is an outstanding result for sport and fans of sport.

"I am pleased that all Australia's governments are presenting a united front against the scourge of match-fixing.

"The only way we can deal with this threat is by working together to ensure we have a national policy underpinned by legislation, codes of conduct and industry standards."

Senator Arbib thanked Attorney-General Robert McClelland, Justice Minister Brendan O'Connor and state and territory Attorneys-General, who will now seek final agreement from their governments on the proposal for match-fixing offences and penalties.

Senator Arbib concluded "Australia is putting in place a comprehensive strategy to deter and deal with match-fixing, consisting of codes of conduct and education for players and officials, consistent national regulation of sports betting and now nationally consistent criminal sanctions.

"This agreement represents a very important milestone in the delivery of our match-fixing policy and places Australia at the forefront, internationally, in the fight against match-fixing."

Related Articles

11th October 2011 - Ministers unite to take next steps in fighting match fixing

31st May 2011 - Arbib: FIFA must clean up its act

28th March 2011 - Australian Government welcomes consultation on match fixing

6th May 2010 - AFL Figures Banned in Betting Crackdown

2nd February 2010 - Police Detain Top Chinese football officials

28th January 2010 - AFL warns gambling and drug cheats

9th October 2009 - Australia a target for match-fixing

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all


Swimplex Aquatics are a world-class company dedicated to the commercial pool, waterslide industry. We are Australian market leaders servicing all states Australia wide. Swimplex provide a full…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Design / Play / Waterparks



    SimplySwim is a school management solution that helps swimming school owners and managers optimize operations by automating functions such as managing class schedules, billing and…

read more

Aquatics / Education / Recreation / Safety / Technology



Playrope Aqua-Fun, are the Australian & New Zealand exclusive distributors for Vortex Aquatic Structures International, the world leader in aquatic playgrounds and urban water landscapes.…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Parks / Play / Recreation


XBODY Australia Pty Ltd

PROVEN BUSINESS CONCEPTS WITH XBODY XBody’s goal is to see you and your EMS business succeed. That is why we don’t just sell equipment, we provide know-how, expert knowledge,…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness


ProSlide Technology

ProSlide is the global leader in water ride design and manufacturing, supplying high-performance water attractions to new and expanding water parks around the world. For over three decades, ProSlide…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks


Enta Australasia

As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd.  Click here to view the VIVATICKET Pty Ltd listing.  19th July 2018 - ENTA…

read more

Technology / Ticketing / Venues


Goplay Commercial Playground Equipment

Goplay designs and manufactures specialised playground equipment for indoor play centres, hotels, food chains, clubs and resorts. If our years of experience and dedication have taught us one thing,…

read more




SPORTENG specialises in the Planning, Design and Construction inspection of Fields of Play for all sports. Blending engineering with the specialist knowledge gained from working closely with sport…

read more

Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces / Venues


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business