In Australia, sports punters have had a vast choice of online bookmakers that offer quality odds and a huge range of sporting and racing (and other) markets to bet on.
“Free bets” or bonus bets were considered one of the more important incentives to draw in new punters, and so sports bookmaker corporations are always looking to offer new bonuses and promotions to entice those who may be considering wagering online.
In 2018, the NSW Government outlawed sign up bonus or freebet offer incentives that might encourage people to open new accounts at online bookmakers. In 2019 the National Gambling Framework extended this ban to include all Australian states and territories.
As of May 26th 2019 no Australian licensed bookmaker is legally allowed to offer any sign up offer, bonus, promo deposit bet bonuses or free bet to Australians. The changes have become known amongst punters as the Bonus Bet Ban.
Australian Bonus Bet Ban
The Bonus Bet Ban has started and came in to effect on 26th May 2019. No Australian punter can get any free bet, sign up bonus offer or bet bonus at any Aussie licensed online bookie.
In Australia the use of Free Bets has been outlawed. Bookmakers are allowed to provide bonuses to punters in the form of cash that have no turnover requirements, are not an inducement to open a new account, and that can be immediately withdrawn.
No Australian bookie is yet to offer real cash bonuses in place of the outlawed free bets.
Best online sports bookmakers with free bet offers
Below is a list of the top online bookies for new and existing customers.
If you are visiting HorseBetting.com.au from Australia, the table below contains the best online bookmakers in Australia but none will offer any sign up bonus or promo deposit bonus as of 26th May 2019. Each is licensed in Australia and permitted to offer betting services to Australian residents aged 18 years and older. All bookies are regulated by the appropriate gambling governing body, such as the South Australian Gambling Codes of Practice and the Northern Territory Government of Australia.
Visitors from other countries will be able to see online bookmakers that still offer bonuses, free bets and sign up offers that are available to residents from their countries, but Australian bookmakers are not offering any bonuses to any customer regardless of residency.
To sign up for an account with any of our recommended sports bookies, access the links above from any platform (desktop, laptop, mobile or tablet), and fill in regular registration details such as name, password, date of birth, email address and country of residence.
Once you have successfully registered to become a member, you will be able to securely deposit real money via any of the several globally trusted banking methods.
The most popular methods to deposit (and withdraw) money, include:
- MasterCard or Visa debit or credit card
- Direct bank/wire transfer
- *Cash card (if the bookmaker provides this option)
*The cash card works like an EFTPOS card – as a member, you can apply to receive a free cash card in the mail, and it will be directly linked to your online bookmaker account. With a secret PIN, you can purchase goods and services with the card at any retail outlet that takes EFTPOS, you can withdraw money from your online betting account directly to your card, and deposit money back into your account from your card. You can withdraw any available funds on the card at any ATM.
Deposits are immediate (except for deposits via bank transfers), and withdrawals to your cash cards are also instantaneous. Withdrawals via other methods can take up to 48 working hours to be processed, but PayPal withdrawals are typically processed the same day as they were requested.
As a regular punter, you will be offered consistent promos and bonuses, so keep a keen eye out for promotional emails from your bookmaker. You can also directly ask the live support staff at your bookie for free bets – so long as you punt often, they may provide you with a matched deposit bonus bet or other bonus for your troubles.
Some of the most commonly offered free punter bonuses, include:
- Money back specials
- Multi bet boosters – (have your multi bet odds boosted by a certain percentage)
- Double odds for specific markets at specific times
- PowerPlays or Odds Boost
- Multi bet cash outs
- Early payouts
- Fold or Jump Off offers
- Cash back or Cash out offers
Also make sure to check out the free tournaments and competitions at your online sports bookmakers, such as Sportsbet’s famous AFL and NRL Million Dollar Tipping comps, where $10,000 in cash for each code is up for grabs every week, along with $100,000 in cash for the two end of season winners.
Mobile betting and access to promotions and bonuses
All our endorsed betting sites have optimised their websites for mobile and tablet compatibility, so you can punt anytime and anywhere. Apple, Android, Windows and BlackBerry devices are all compatible with the above websites – all you have to do is open any of our links from your device’s Web browser and you are good to go.
From there, you can enjoy betting directly via your browser, or you can install the application appropriate for your device. All free bets, bonuses and promotions will be available across any medium. Other older phones such as those using the Symbian operating system are also compatible, so long as your data connection is strong.