It has been announced that Australian gambling law is due to change imminently with the introduction of the Interactive Gambling Amendment Act. Sadly, because of this change, gambling firms licenced and operating outside of Australia will be forced to prevent customers resident in Australia from playing on their gambling websites.
Shortly after that PokerStars and PartyPoker both informed they are leaving Australian market:
Therefore, from 31st August 2017 partypoker players will no longer be able to play from Australia. Players’ deposited funds are safe and available for withdrawal.
partypoker Managing Director Tom Waters said, “We regret that this day has come as Australia is a strong poker market. We will continue to work with the Australian player alliance to lobby the government to provide a safe regulated environment for residents to play online poker in the future.”
PokerStars sent a letter to the affiliates asking them to remove all marketing materials from AU sites with immediate effect: "All such affiliates must remove our branding, banners and links from their AU sites. Reference to ‘AU Site’ in this context means and shall include: "