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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.
What is a tipping competition?
A footy tipping competition is a competition where entrants must select the winning team in a football match and are awarded a point if successful. The selection of winning teams using skill and knowledge is not regarded as a lottery and a permit is not required.
A football tipping competition could be a lottery if:
The method of entry or of selecting a winner for the competition involves an element of chance at any stage in the competition – such as to decide a winner by a draw where there is more than one person with the same number of points.
Alternatively, a Footy Tipping competition that involves an element of chance may be run as a trade promotion lottery which promotes the products or services of a trade or business and offers prizes where winners are selected by some method of chance.
A tipping competition is treated as a trade promotion lottery if entry is free and there is any element of chance.
Tipping competitions may be conducted for the purpose of raising funds for a not-for-profit organisation.
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 and there is any element of chance.
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.
Online Application for a Trade Promotion Lottery $58 discount on application fee.
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