Gambling Rules & Regulations

All information detailed below should be considered general information and should not be relied upon.  To understand the exact permit and legislative requirements for your event contact:

The Lotteries Officer
ACT Gambling and Racing Commission
Website:           http://www.gamblingandracing.act.gov.au
Telephone:        02 6207 0361
Fax:                  02 6207 7390

Raffle

Definition of a Raffle in ACT

“A raffle is any lottery, scheme or arrangement involving the distribution of prizes in which prize winners are determined by means which include an element of chance or a mixture of skill and chance.

A raffle usually involves the sale of tickets followed by a draw to determine the winners of certain pre-determined prizes. A prize includes anything of value or benefit.”

When is a Permit Required?

Generally raffles in ACT currently require a permit, although raffles where the total prize pool is less than $500 are not subject to a fee.

When is a Permit not Required?

A private lottery (raffle), where participation is restricted to members of the same association or who work or reside in the same premises and where there is no external advertising of the raffle, generally does not require a permit.

Where the proceeds of a raffle (after allowing for printing tickets and paying prizes) are used wholly and exclusively for charitable purposes and that the total prize value does not exceed $500, an application is not required.

Permit Fees

The total cash value of all prizes being raffled is used to calculate the raffle permit fees.  The table below shows the cost of raffle permits in ACT.

Raffles Less than or equal to $500* Nil

*For raffles where the total prize value is $500 or less the Commission requires a permit number to be issued. No fee is required with the application.

Greater than $500 and less than or equal to $1,000 $60
Greater than $1,000 and less than or equal to $2,500 $115
Greater than $2,500 and less than or equal to $5,000 $173
Greater than $5,000 and less than or equal to $10,000 $248
Greater than $10,000 and less than or equal to $50,000 $480

Applying for a Permit

To down load a permit application go to:

http://www.gamblingandracing.act.gov.au/gambling/lotteries/raffles

Information to be included in the application:

  1. The purpose of the raffle and the beneficiary of the proceeds of the raffle
  2. Clearly identify the organisation conducting the raffle including a letter of authority from the organisation.
  3. The completed application form including attached rules or terms and conditions must be accompanied by the determined fee.
  4. The total prize value is calculated as the summation of the values of all possible prizes that could be attained based on the prize allocation options.
  5. The value of individual prizes is the usual or recommended retail or market value of the goods or services offered as the prize.
  6. If prizes in the raffle are allocated on a state-by-state basis, the relevant prize for the purposes of calculating the determined fee is that prize or prizes that ACT residents are eligible to win.
  7. Where participants are (or could be) under the age of 18 years, prizes cannot include liquor or tobacco products.

For “serial” or on-going lotteries where prizes, entry costs etc are constant, such as daily meat raffles that is conducted on a regular basis, applications can be made for their conduct over a period of time to a maximum of 12 months. Total prize value is calculated by summing the market value of all prizes offered at each draw.

Additional Information

The ACT Gambling and Racing Commission has produced an information paper which can be downloaded from:

http://www.gamblingandracing.act.gov.au/Documents/Lotteries%20Forms/Raffle%20Info%20and%20Conditions.pdf

A summary of the permit requirements are as follows:

– The drawing of a raffle, unless approved by the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission, must occur within 12 months of the issue date of the permit.

The total value of tickets sold must not exceed:

a) five times the total value of prizes where the total value of prizes is less than $10,000; or

b) Ten times the total value of prizes where the total value of prizes is equal to or greater than $10,000.

– All winners must be notified directly, by means of e-mail, mail or fax, within 21 days of the determination of the results.

– Where the value of any individual prize is equal to or greater than $1,000, the organiser must publish, as soon as practical, the results in:

a) a newspaper that is distributed in the region; or

b) a publication or medium (such as where the raffle was advertised) approved by the Commission as part of the application process.

– The results must be available within 7 days of the determination of the prize winners

– Any advertisement where the raffle is mentioned must include the permit number issued for that raffle.

– If a prize involves travel, an additional travel information form must be satisfactorily completed and submitted as part of the application.

– If a raffle is cancelled prior to the draw of prizes, the Commission must be immediately advised in writing including the following information:

a) the date, or proposed date, on which ticket sales ceased or will cease;

b) the method to be used to inform ticket holders of the cancellation (a notice must published on the date that the results were to be published); and

c) arrangements for reimbursement of ticket holders.

– All records concerning a raffle including, the number of tickets sold, names and addresses of ticket sellers and number of tickets unsold, must be kept for a minimum period of 12 months after the determination of the results.

– Financial statements must be drawn-up and retained for a period of 12 months after the determination of the results. The financial statements must provide a detailed record of all income and expenditure associated with the conduct of the raffle. The Commission may request a copy of the financial statements as part of its audit program.

– The determination of the winner must be undertaken in a transparent manner with each participant having an equal chance of winning the competition.

– Winning a competition must not be contingent on the participant being present at the draw. It is acceptable to offer bonus prizes if the winner is present as long as the bonus prize does not exceed the value of the base or initial prize. The value of the bonus prize is used in calculating the total prize value.

– If more than one prize is being determined at a draw, the major prize must be drawn first (to ensure that all entries have a chance of winning that prize) unless winning entries are eligible to be redrawn.

– All prizes in the raffle must be distributed or allocated as approved. A redraw or “second chance draw” must be used where it is possible for a prize to be unclaimed or undistributed.

– The winner of a prize must not be charged an administrative or delivery fee upon receipt of their prize.

Housie (Bingo)

A popular fundraising activity conducted in ACT is Housie or Bingo.  The ACT Gambling and Racing Commission have created an Information Document which can be downloaded from:

http://www.gamblingandracing.act.gov.au/gambling/lotteries/housie

A summary of the rules and regulations surrounding Housie (Bingo) are as follows:

What is Housie?

Housie (or bingo) is a game of chance where tickets or cards containing numbered squares or symbols are matched by participants to numbers or symbols that are randomly selected and called by an announcer or displayed. A winner is determined when certain numbers or symbols are matched on participants’ tickets or cards and prizes are awarded accordingly.

When is a Permit Required?

A permit is generally required if your club is going to conduct a game of Housie (Bingo).

When is a Permit not Required?

A permit is not required were the game of Housie (Bingo) is restricted to members of the same association or who work or reside in the same premises and where there is no external advertising of the game of Housie).

Where the proceeds of Housie (after allowing for printing tickets and paying prizes) are used wholly and exclusively for charitable purposes and that the total prize value does not exceed $500, an application is not required.

Permit Fees

The total cash value of all prizes being offered is used to calculate the permit fees.  The table below shows the cost of the Housie permit fee in ACT.

The total prize value is calculated as the sum of the values of all possible prizes that could be attained based on the prize allocation options.

The value of individual prizes is the usual or recommended retail or market value of the goods or services offered as the prize.

Application for Housie

Prize Value in the ACT Fee
Less than or equal to $500* Nil

*For raffles where the total prize value is $500 or less the Commission requires a permit number to be issued. No fee is required with the application.

Greater than $500 and less than or equal to $1,000 $60
Greater than $1,000 and less than or equal to $2,500 $115
Greater than $2,500 and less than or equal to $5,000 $173
Greater than $5,000 and less than or equal to $10,000 $248
Greater than $10,000 and less than or equal to $50,000 $480
Greater than $50,000 $687
If an application is withdrawn prior to commencement of its assessment. Original fee refunded less $50
if an application is withdrawn or rejected following the commencement of its assessment. Fee not refundable
Fee payable by the permit holder for a variation* to an approved lottery. $50
*A “lottery variation” form needs to be completed and submitted with the amendment fee prior to any changes being approved

Applying for a permit

To down load a permit application for Housie (Bingo) go to:

http://www.gamblingandracing.act.gov.au/gambling/lotteries/housie

General Information and Requirements

  1. Before running games of Housie (Bingo) beneficiaries must seek and receive approval from the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission.
  2. The beneficiary of the proceeds of the game of Housie (i.e. the person or organisation who receives the proceeds or profits) must be clearly stated on the application.
  3. Agencies acting on behalf of an organisation must include a letter of authority from the organisation conducting the Housie games.
  4. The completed application form, must be accompanied by the rules or terms and conditions of the Housie (Bingo) to be conducted as well as the determined fee.   The ACT Gambling and Racing Commission has a model set of rules on its website which can be used or adjusted accordingly.  To access:

http://www.gamblingandracing.act.gov.au/gambling/lotteries/housie

  1. Participants must be over the age of 18 years.
  2. The following persons are not permitted to enter into or participate in the games of Housie (or allow someone to enter the game on their behalf):
  3. the applicant or organiser of the games of Housie or their employees; or
  4. the organisation conducting the games of Housie or their employees or contractors;
  5. the beneficiary of the proceeds of the game of Housie or their employees or contractors.
  6. Each facility used for the conduct of Housie must have displayed in a conspicuous manner a sign that indicates the following information:
  7. the permit number issued by the Commission;
  8.  the benefiting person or organisation
  9. If a prize involves travel the Commission’s travel information form must be satisfactorily completed and submitted as part of the application.
  10. All records concerning the game of Housie, including entries, the number of tickets sold and game operators must be kept for a minimum period of 12 months after the determination of the results.
  11. Financial statements must be drawn-up and retained for a period of 12 months after the determination of the results. The financial statements must provide a detailed record of all income and expenditure associated with the conduct of the Housie games. The Commission may request a copy of the financial statements as part of its audit program.
  12. The determination of the winner must be undertaken in a fair and transparent manner with each participant at a particular stage of the game having an equal chance of winning the raffle.
  13. All prizes in the Housie games must be distributed or allocated as approved.
  14. The winner of a prize must not be charged an administrative or delivery fee upon receipt of their prize.

Calcutta

A popular fundraising activity conducted in ACT is a Calcutta.  The ACT Gambling and Racing Commission have created an Information Document which can be downloaded from:

http://www.gamblingandracing.act.gov.au/gambling/lotteries/calcutta

A summary of the rules and regulations surrounding a Calcutta is) are as follows:

What is a Calcutta in ACT?

A Calcutta is a form of competition that involves a sweep or draw for participants in a particular event followed by an auction for the race participants (usually horses).  Players who were successful in the draw may choose between selling the participant (or in some cases a share in the participant) and receiving half the proceeds of the sale, or retaining the participant by making the highest bid.  The prizes are distributed to the players who hold the successful participants in the event.  Variations to this form of competition may be approved by the Commission if it considers that the principles of the competition are upheld.

When is a Permit Required?

A permit is generally required to run a Calcutta in the ACT.

If a Calcutta is advertised, then approval and a permit are required.

When is a Permit not Required?

A permit may not be required if the Calcutta qualifies as a private lottery, where participation is restricted to members of the same association or who work or reside in the same premises and where there is no external advertising of the Calcutta.

Where the proceeds of a Calcutta (after allowing for printing tickets and paying prizes) are used wholly and exclusively for charitable purposes and that the total prize value does not exceed $500, an application is not required.

Permit Fees

The total cash value of all prizes being offered is used to calculate the permit fees.  The table below shows the cost of Calcutta fees in ACT.

The total prize value is calculated as the sum of the values of all possible prizes that could be attained based on the prize allocation options.

In relation to the conduct of the Calcutta, the total value of prizes is calculated by the organiser providing a reasonable estimate of the auction proceeds to the Commission with the application.  If the estimate is accepted by the Commission, the relevant fee will be calculated on this basis.

Application for Calcutta

Prize Value in the ACT Fee
Less than or equal to $500* Nil

*For raffles where the total prize value is $500 or less the Commission requires a permit number to be issued. No fee is required with the application.

Greater than $500 and less than or equal to $1,000 $60
Greater than $1,000 and less than or equal to $2,500 $115
Greater than $2,500 and less than or equal to $5,000 $173
Greater than $5,000 and less than or equal to $10,000 $248
Greater than $10,000 and less than or equal to $50,000 $480
Greater than $50,000 $687
If an application is withdrawn prior to commencement of its assessment. Original fee refunded less $50
if an application is withdrawn or rejected following the commencement of its assessment. Fee not refundable
Fee payable by the permit holder for a variation* to an approved lottery. $50
*A “lottery variation” form needs to be completed and submitted with the amendment fee prior to any changes being approved

Applying for a Permit

To down load a permit application for a Calcutta go to:

http://www.gamblingandracing.act.gov.au/gambling/lotteries/calcutta

General Information and Requirements

  1. Before running a Calcutta, beneficiaries must seek and receive approval from the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission.
  2. The beneficiary of the proceeds of the Calcutta (i.e. the person or organisation who receives the proceeds or profits) must be clearly stated on the application.
  3. Agencies acting on behalf of an organisation must include a letter of authority from the organisation conducting the Housie games.
  4. The completed application form, must be accompanied by the rules or terms and conditions of the Calcutta to be conducted as well as the determined fee.   The ACT Gambling and Racing Commission has a model set of rules on its website which can be used or adjusted accordingly.  To access: http://www.gamblingandracing.act.gov.au/gambling/lotteries/calcutta
  5. Where participants are (or could be) under the age of 18 years,
  6. Prizes cannot include liquor or tobacco products.
  7. Any advertisement where the Calcutta is mentioned must include the permit number issued for that Calcutta.
  8. If a prize involves travel the Commission’s travel information form must be satisfactorily completed and submitted as part of the application.
  9. If a Calcutta is cancelled prior to the draw of prizes, the Commission must be immediately advised in writing including the following information:

9.1. the date, or proposed date, on which ticket sales ceased or will cease;

9.2. the method to be used to inform ticket holders of the cancellation; and

9.3. arrangements for reimbursement of ticket holders.

10. All records concerning a Calcutta, including entries, the number of tickets sold, names and
addresses of ticket sellers and number of tickets unsold, must be kept for a minimum period of
months after the determination of the results.
11. Financial statements must be drawn-up and retained for a period of 12 months after the
determination of the results.  The financial statements must provide a detailed record of all
income and expenditure associated with the conduct of the Calcutta.  The Commission may
request a copy of the financial statements as part of its audit program.
12. The determination of the winner must be undertaken in a fair and transparent manner with each
participant at a particular stage of the game having an equal chance of winning the lottery.
13. All prizes in the Calcutta must be distributed or allocated as approved.  A redraw or “second
chance draw” must be used where it is possible for a prize to be unclaimed or undistributed.
14. The winner of a prize must not be charged an administrative or delivery fee upon receipt of
their prize.

Card Jackpot Games

A popular fundraising activity conducted in ACT are Card Jackpot Games.  The ACT Gambling and Racing Commission have created an Information Document which can be downloaded from:

http://www.gamblingandracing.act.gov.au/gambling/lotteries/card-jackpot

A summary of the rules and regulations surrounding Jackpot Games are as follows:

What Card Jackpot Games?

A Card Jackpot Game typically involves the use of a pack of 52 playing cards plus at least one joker. The cards are placed face down on a board. The winning subscriber to a raffle is given an opportunity to try to select the Joker from the board for a chance to win a prize.

Should the selected card be the Joker, the prize is awarded and the game ends. Should the Joker not be selected the selected card is either discarded or returned to the board with the prize jackpotting and the game continued on another occasion.

A Card Jackpot Game may include variations of the above, including the awarding of other prizes in addition to the jackpot prize or the replacement of cards with another object.

When is a Permit Required?

A permit is generally required if your club is going to conduct a Card Jackpot Game.

A permit should be sought for each game conducted (i.e. a sequence of draws until the Joker is chosen) or if games are regularly is conducted on an on-going basis a permit can be sought to cover up to 12 months activity.

When is a Permit not Required?

A permit is not required were the Card Jackpot Game is restricted to members of the same association or who work or reside in the same premises and where there is no external advertising of the game of Housie).

Where the proceeds of Card Jackpot Game (after allowing for printing tickets and paying prizes) are used wholly and exclusively for charitable purposes and that the total prize value does not exceed $500, an application is not required.

Permit Fees

The total cash value of all prizes being offered is used to calculate the permit fees.  The table below shows the cost of the Card Jackpot Game permit fee in ACT.

The total prize value is calculated as the sum of the values of all possible prizes that could be attained based on the prize allocation options.

The value of individual prizes is the usual or recommended retail or market value of the goods or services offered as the prize.

Application for Card Jackpot Raffle

Prize Value in the ACT Fee
Less than or equal to $500* Nil

*For raffles where the total prize value is $500 or less the Commission requires a permit number to be issued. No fee is required with the application.

Greater than $500 and less than or equal to $1,000 $60
Greater than $1,000 and less than or equal to $2,500 $115
Greater than $2,500 and less than or equal to $5,000 $173
Greater than $5,000 and less than or equal to $10,000 $248
Greater than $10,000 and less than or equal to $50,000 $480
Greater than $50,000 $687
If an application is withdrawn prior to commencement of its assessment. Original fee refunded less $50
if an application is withdrawn or rejected following the commencement of its assessment. Fee not refundable
Fee payable by the permit holder for a variation* to an approved lottery. $50
*A “lottery variation” form needs to be completed and submitted with the amendment fee prior to any changes being approved

Applying for a Permit

To download a permit application for Card Jackpot Games go to:

http://www.gamblingandracing.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/570329/Card-Jackpot-Raffle-Form-2013.pdf

General Information and Requirements

  1. Before running Card Jackpot games beneficiaries must seek and receive approval from the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission.
  2. The beneficiary of the proceeds of the game of Card Jackpot Games (i.e. the person or organisation who receives the proceeds or profits) must be clearly stated on the application.
  3. Agencies acting on behalf of an organisation must include a letter of authority from the organisation conducting the Card Jackpot Games.
  4. The completed application form, must be accompanied by the rules or terms and conditions of the Card Jackpot Games to be conducted as well as the determined fee.
  5. Terms and conditions of the Card Jackpot Game must accompany your application. The terms and conditions must be printed on the advertising of the lottery and must be made available on request at the venue. If the terms and conditions cannot be placed on the advertising media, reference must be made to a place where the terms and conditions are available. The terms and conditions must include:

5.1.             how to enter the lottery;

5.2.             the start time and date of the lottery;

5.3.             the closing time and date of the lottery;

5.4.             the time and date of the draw;

5.5.             the address/location where the draw will take place;

5.6.             the full prize details and their values, including an estimate of the total prize value;

5.7.             if the winner is not required to be present at the draw, the manner in which winners will be notified.

5.8.             full details of the name of the promoter and their ABN/ACN;

5.9.             the name of the beneficiary of the proceeds of the Card Jackpot Game; and

5.10.          how the proceeds of the ticket sales will be disbursed eg. 70% to the prize pool, 30% to the beneficiary.

6. Participants must be over the age of 18 years.

7. The following persons are not permitted to enter into or participate in the Card Jackpot Games (or allow someone to enter the game on their behalf):

7.1.1.1.  the applicant or organiser of the games or their employees; or

7.1.1.2.  the organisation conducting the games or their employees or contractors;

7.1.1.3.  the beneficiary of the proceeds of the game or their employees or contractors.

7.1.1.4.  Intoxicated participants

8. Prizes cannot include liquor or tobacco products.

9. Any advertisement where the Card Jackpot Game is mentioned must include the permit number issued for that Calcutta.

10. If a prize involves travel the Commission’s travel information form must be satisfactorily completed and submitted as part of the application.

11. If a Card Jackpot Game is cancelled prior to the draw of prizes, the Commission must be immediately advised in writing including the following information:

11.1.          the date, or proposed date, on which ticket sales ceased or will cease;

11.2.          the method to be used to inform ticket holders of the cancellation; and

11.3.          arrangements for reimbursement of ticket holders.

12. All records concerning a Card Jackpot Game, including entries, the number of tickets sold, names and addresses of ticket sellers and number of tickets unsold, must be kept for a minimum period of 12 months after the determination of the results.

13. Financial statements must be drawn-up and retained for a period of 12 months after the determination of the results.  The financial statements must provide a detailed record of all income and expenditure associated with the conduct of the Card Jackpot Game.  The Commission may request a copy of the financial statements as part of its audit program.

14. The determination of the winner must be undertaken in a fair and transparent manner with each participant at a particular stage of the game having an equal chance of winning the lottery.

15 .All prizes in the Card Jackpot Game must be distributed or allocated as approved.  A redraw or “second chance draw” must be used where it is possible for a prize to be unclaimed or undistributed.

16. The winner of a prize must not be charged an administrative or delivery fee upon receipt of their prize.

The Draw or Selection of the Winners

The determination of the winner must be undertaken in a fair and transparent manner with each participant at a particular stage of the game having an equal chance of winning the lottery.

If more than one prize is being determined at a draw, the major prize must be drawn first (to ensure that all entries have a chance of winning that prize) unless winning entries are eligible to be redrawn.

It is permissible to have as a condition of the draw that the winner must be present however they must be allowed a minimum of three minutes to claim a prize.Selection of the winner and selection of a card in a Card Jackpot Game must take place in the presence of patrons attending the game.

The board or method of display of the cards must be kept securely in the charge of a responsible person and must not be altered or tampered with.Cards used in a Card Jackpot Game must not be manipulated or bear distinguishing marks to enable players to identify a card prior to selection.

On the final day of the game the jackpot must be won.

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