High Court of Australia

Betfair v Western Australia

27 March 2008


  • The 2008 High Court decision of Betfair Pty Limited v Western Australia had major implications for how sports betting is conducted in Australia.


  • In 2007, amendments were passed to the Betting Control Act 1954 (WA) preventing interstate betting exchange operators from conducting business in Western Australia.
  • Betfair challenged the amendments arguing the law was unfair because it imposed protectionist burdens on interstate trade and therefore contravened section 92 of the Australian Constitution.


  • The High Court of Australia found in favour of Betfair.

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