Australia-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement negotiations

Side Letter Gambling and Betting Services Australia

8 April 2014

Mr Yoon Sang-jick
Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy
Seoul, Republic of Korea

Dear Minister Yoon

I have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your letter of this date, which reads as follows:

In connection with the signing on this date of the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (the "Agreement"), I have the honour to confirm the following understanding reached between the delegations of the Republic of Korea and Australia during the course of negotiations regarding Chapters 7 (Cross-Border Trade in Services) and 11 (Investment) of the Agreement:

Notwithstanding Article 7.1 (Scope) or Article 11.1 (Scope), for Korea, the cross-border trade in gambling and betting services1 is not subject to Chapter 7 (Cross-Border Trade in Services) and investment in gambling and betting services is not subject to Chapter 11 (Investment).

For greater certainty, Korea retains the right to adopt or maintain any measure in relation to gambling and betting services, in accordance with its respective laws or regulations.

I have the honour to propose that this letter and your letter in reply confirming that your Government shares this understanding shall constitute an integral part of the Agreement.

I have the further honour to confirm that my Government shares this understanding and that your letter and this letter in reply shall constitute an integral part of the Agreement.

Yours sincerely

Andrew Robb

Telephone (02) 6277 7420
Facsimile (02) 6273 4128
Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600


1 For greater certainty, "gambling and betting services" includes such services supplied through electronic transmission and services that use sa-haeng-seong-ge-im-mul. "Sa-haeng-seong-ge-im-mur, as defined in Article 2 of Korea's Game Industry Promotion Act, includes, inter alia, gaming instruments which result in financial loss or gain through betting or by chance.