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Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of this document we do not warrant its accuracy, and you should take any necessary steps to ensure that any tipping competition that you run is within the law.
NSW announces proposed changes
In September 2017, Liquor & Gaming NSW announced proposed changes that would mean that competitions with total prizes of $10000 or less would not require a permit. More information.
However whilst the article mentions 'later this year' (ie 2017) there is no definate time line, and it is likely that changes won't be made until sometime in 2018. In the meantime the information below is still valid.
What is a tipping competition?
A tipping competition is where:
- participants predict or forecast the outcome or results of a sporting or other contingency,
- points are awarded for successful predictions or forecasts,
- the prize pool is distributed to the participant who accumulates the most points over a stipulated period,
- periodical prizes may be awarded in accordance with the rules of the competition.
However a tipping competition is treated as a trade promotion lottery if entry is free.
Tipping competitions may be conducted for the purpose of raising funds for a not-for-profit organisation.
Who can conduct a Tipping Competition?
Anyone. However only residents of NSW can apply for a trade promotion lottery permit. If the trade promotion lottery is being conducted outside NSW, then you contact the appropriate agency in those jurisdictions for information about their specific requirements.
The information below therefore applies to trade promotion lotteries.
Do I need a Licence or Permit to Conduct a Tipping Competition?
Yes, if the competition is treated as a trade promotion lottery ie entry is free.
All competitions must be conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Lotteries and Art Unions Act and the regulation.
An application should be made at least 14 days before you propose to start the tipping competition.
A person under 18 years of age cannot lodge an application for a permit.
A permit is issued for a specific period not exceeding 12 months
If an entry price is charged to join the competition, there is no fee.
If the competition is treated as a trade promotion lottery the fee payable depends on the value of prizes offered. More details
Online Application for a Trade Promotion Lottery $58 discount on application fee.
NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing
1300 024 720
The NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing
GPO Box 7060
Sydney NSW 2001