Gambling operators have launched a lobby against a proposed 15 percent point-of-consumption tax on online gambling revenue.
Bookmakers began pushing for a lower tax-rate after the Southeastern Australian became the third state to discuss implementing the remote gambling tax.
South Australia first proposed the law change, making it effective from July this year, while in Western Australia the tax will be applicable from January 2018, causing Victorian operators to fear a similar situation.
With sports betting currently the only legal online gambling service in Australia, and a recent ban on directing players to casino games and online poker, online operators claim generating an extra 15 percent margin from such a limited product offering will be impossible.
Across Australia, online companies operating with licenses granted by the Northern Territory have faced increased calls to pay tax within the jurisdictions they are accessed, despite making contributions to the economy through fees and other taxes.
A report by the Responsible Wagering Australia group found that, in Victoria alone, companies such as bet365, Ladbrokes and Betfair contributed over $97m in wages, and nearly $68m in sponsorship for the state racing industry in 2017.
A rashly-implemented point-of-consumption tax may see more than the online gambling industry suffer.