Gambling Rules & Regulations

The restrictions relating to competitions and games in Queensland are summarised on website of the Queensland Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation.

https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industry/liquor-gaming/gaming

Charitable and Non-Profit Gaming Act 1999 has broken the regulatory rules for competitions such as Art Unions, raffles, bingo, lucky envelopes, Calcutta sweeps and promotional games (trade promotions or competitions) into different categories as summarised below:

 

Description License or Permit Required? Prize Value
Category 1 Gross proceeds (ticket sales) are not more than $2,000  No The total value of prizes must be at least 20% of the estimated gross proceeds.
Category 2 Gross proceeds are more than $2,000 but not more than $20,000

  • For bingo the gross proceeds of all games in the session are more than $2,000 and less than $20,000
  • For lucky envelopes the gross proceeds are not more than $5,000
  • For all other games the gross proceeds are more than $2,000 and less than $20,000

 

No The total value of prizes must be at least 20% of the estimated gross proceeds
Category 3 A game other than bingo with gross proceeds greater than:

  • $20,000 or
  • If the game is conducted under a special category 3 license – $5,000
Guide to Category Three Games Yes

  • Category 3 licence last one year
  • Special category 3 license lasts for four months

 

Fees

Category 4 Guide to Category Four Games

http://www.olgr.qld.gov.au/resources/gamDocs/CNPCat1GamesUpTo2000GrossProceeds.pdf

Art Unions

An Art Union is a game other than bingo, Calcutta sweep stakes, lucky envelopes and a promotional game.  Examples may include:

  • Raffles
  • Silver Circles
  • Sweeps
  • Chocolate wheels
  • Punchboards
  • Football Doubles
  • Lucky Dips
  • Cent Auctions
  • Guessing Game Competition (guess the number of jelly beans in a jar etc)
  • Each person who purchases a ticket in an art union must have an equal chance of winning the major draw
  • People engaged directly in running a Category One art union are prohibited from entering the draw.
  • The major prize must be drawn first and then other prizes drawn in descending order of number and value (although if advertised clearly minor prizes may be drawn first as long as the winners of the minor prize remain eligible for the major prize)
  • Prizes winners must be published in the way advertised
  • Prizes must generally be delivered within one month, although there are some exceptions

Key requirements

Duration Prize value and prescribed Percentages of expenses
Category 1
  • Must be drawn within 4 months of the day tickets began to be sold
  • Where the art union is dependent upon an event, with in one month of the event
  • Where the art union is dependent on a series of events, within one month of the last event in the series
  • Total prize value should be at least 20% of the estimated gross proceeds
  • The cost of conducting the art union must be reasonable compared to the proceeds and nature of the game
Category 2
  • Must be drawn on the day stated on the tickets but no more than a year after the tickets commence to be sold.
  • Total prize value should be at least 20% of the estimated gross proceeds
The cost of conducting the art union must be reasonable compared to the proceeds and nature of the game
Category 3
  • Total prize value should be at least 20% of the estimated gross proceeds
The cost of conducting the art union must be reasonable compared to the proceeds and nature of the game
Category 4

 Prohibited Prizes

  • more than $10 000 in cash;
  • surgery;
  • tobacco products;
  • weapon or ammunition;
  • items restricted by legislation of the State or Commonwealth from being sold or acquired
  • a ticket or other chance in a game that is not approved under a gaming Act.
  • Alcohol to the value of more than $1,000 (maybe greater than $1,000 if  it is aprize in a promotional game)

Prize conditions

Conditions apply if the prize in a Category 2 or 3 art unions include:

  • Antiques, gems, memorabilia and art
  • Animals
  • Second hand vehicle
  • Other second hand goods
  • Land

If an existing prize has a value of more than $5,000 it must be insured against loss or damage equal to the market value for the period from when tickets go on sale to the day the prize is delivered to the winner.

Ticket requirements

Category One

  • Must be sold at the same price
  • Tickets must be consecutively numbered
  • Tickets must clearly distinguish which draw they relate to if more than one draw is being held on the day.
  • Ticket bundling may occur (eg. One ticket is $5 or 3 for $10)
  • If bundled ticket prices must be made available to all ticket buyers
  • A ticket may only be issued if it has been paid for
  • Tickets can not be sold after the closing of an art union

Category 2

Each ticket must have the following information:

  • Name of the eligible association conducting the art union
  • The closing and drawing dates
  • Method of notifying prize winners
  • Ticket price
  • Order prizes are drawn if major prize not drawn first
  • Ticket number
  • Description and retail value of each prize

If the art union draw is not conducted and drawn on the same day the ticket butts of the art union must:

  • Allow for the name and either the address or telephone number of the entrant to be written on the ticket butt
  • For guessing game competitions the name and either the address or telephone number of entrants in such a way that allows for the winner to be identified

Keeping records and lodging returns

Category 1

  • Proper records which explain the transactions  of the art union must be kept for a period of 5 years (generally)
  • The QLD Office of Gaming Regulation may request a return to be lodged and have the financial records of the art union audited.

Category 2

  • All category one requirements plus
  • Keeping accounting records which allow for the preparation and audit of the financial statements of the art union
  • If gross proceeds of the art union is greater than $10,000 the association must  have the financial statements of the association audited as soon as practical after the end of the financial year
  • A copy of the audited report must immediately be lodged with the QLD Office of Gaming Regulation

Bingo

Bingo (or housie or housie housie) is a game in which each player is given a ticket with numbers or symbols printed on it and the winner is decided by the player who matches randomly selected numbers or symbols printed on the players’ ticket.

A bingo session means the period in which a number of bingo games are played.

Prohibited Prizes

  • More than $10 000 in cash;
  • Surgery;
  • Tobacco products;
  • Weapon or ammunition;
  • Items restricted by legislation of the State or Commonwealth from being sold or acquired
  • A ticket or other chance in a game that is not approved under a gaming Act.
  • Alcohol to the value of more than $1,000 (maybe greater than $1,000 if  it is aprize in a promotional game)

Category One

  • Defined as gross proceeds or total ticket sales for the session being less than $2,000
  • The total value of the prize pool must not be more than 75% of the gross proceeds of the session except where all the money received from ticket sales in as session are returned to players as prizes.

Claiming a prize

The winner of a category 1 bingo game is:

  • The person who claims the prize
  • Whose ticket is checked by a spotter and has had all their numbers (or symbols) correctly drawn and called
  • If there is more than one winner the monetary value of the prize will be split between the prize winners
  • A prize cannot be recognised after the game is finished.

Persons ineligible to enter Category 1 game of Bingo

  • A person directly engaged in calling the numbers
  • A person who acts as a spotter
  • A member of the immediate family of the above to ineligible persons

Record Keeping

  • Records explaining the transactions of the Category1 bingo game
  • Associations conducting Category 1 bingo games does not need to lodge returns or have the records audited but may be requested to do so.  If requested the Association must comply

Category Two

  • Defined as gross proceeds or total ticket sales for the session being more than $2,000 and less than $20,000
  • The total value of the prize pool must not be more than 75% of the gross proceeds of the session except where all the money received from ticket sales in as session are returned to players as prizes.

Claiming a prize

The winner of a category 2 bingo game is:

  • The person who claims the prize
  • Whose ticket is checked by a spotter and has had all their numbers (or symbols) correctly drawn and called
  • If there is more than one winner the monetary value of the prize will be split between the prize winners
  • A prize cannot be recognised after the game is finished.

Person ineligible to enter a category 2 game of Bingo

  • A person directly engaged in calling the numbers
  • A person who acts as a spotter
  • A person who is a member of the management committee of the eligible association conducting the Category 2 game of bingo
  • A member of the immediate family of the above to ineligible persons

Record Keeping

  • Records explaining the transactions of the Category 2 bingo game must be kept for 5 years
  • If an eligible association conducts Category 2 bingo games with gross proceeds exceeding $10,000 the Association must have its entire financial records audited within 3 months of the financial year end and the audit report must be lodged with the Queensland Office of Gambling Regulation

Calcutta Sweep

A Calcutta is a game conducted on a horse race, or another event which before the event or race commences:

  • Players buy a ticket for a chance to be allocated, by lot, a participant in the race or event
  • An auction takes place at which everyone present is entitled to bid for each participant in the race or event
  • The winners in the Calcutta sweep are decided entirely or partly by chance, according to the result of the race or event.
  Definition License required
Category 1 Gross proceeds up to $2,000 No
Category 2 Gross proceeds greater than $2,000 and less than $20,000 No
Category 3 Gross proceeds greater than  $20,000 Yes

Duration

The results of all Calcutta Sweeps must be finalised within 3 calendar months of the day tickets commenced being sold.

Person ineligible to enter the Calcutta Sweep

The people directly engaged in the conduct of the drawing of the Calcutta Sweep or the immediate family of these people (persons).

Category 2 Calcutta Sweeps also prohibit any member of the management committee of the conducting association conducting the Calcutta Sweep or their immediate family from entering the Calcutta Sweep.

Ticket requirements

All tickets must be sold for the same price, how ever they can be bundled (eg. $1.00 each or 3 for $2.00).  All participants must be offered the bundled ticket discount. Tickets must contain the following information:

  • The name of the event on which the Sweep is to be conducted
  • The closing date
  • The time, place and day of the draw and the auction
  • Name of the association conducting the Calcutta Sweep
  • The price of the ticket
  • Number of the ticket’
  • Name and address of the entrant

If Category 3 Calcutta Sweep is being conducted tickets must have the licence number

Record keeping

Category 1

  • Records explaining the transactions of the Category1 Calcutta Sweep must be kept for 5 years
  • Associations conducting Category 1 bingo games does not need to lodge returns or have the records audited but may be requested to do so.  If requested the Association must comply

Category 2

  • Records explaining the transactions of the Category 2 Calcutta Sweep must be kept for 5 years
  • If an eligible association conducts Category 2 Calcutta Sweep with gross proceeds exceeding $10,000 the Association must have its entire financial records audited within 3 months of the financial year end and the audit report must be lodged with the Queensland Office of Gambling Regulation

Category 3

  • Records explaining the transactions of the Category 3 Calcutta Sweep must be kept for 5 years
  • A return for every Calcutta Sweep conducted under the license must have a return prepared and submitted to the Queensland Office of Gambling Regulation
  • If an eligible association conducts Category 2 Calcutta Sweep with gross proceeds exceeding $10,000 the Association must have its entire financial records audited within 3 months of the financial year end and the audit report must be lodged with the Queensland Office of Gambling Regulation

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