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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 tipping competition is a game of chance and skill where participants are required to pick the result of football matches or other events and winners are determined based on the number of correctly selected results over a given period.
The total value of prizes offered must not exceed $5000.
Where total prizes exceed $5000, the competition is to be treated as a minor or major lottery and a permit is required.
Do I need a Licence or Permit to Conduct a Tipping Competition?
A permit is only required for the conduct of a major trade lottery, i.e. where the total prize value is greater than $5000.
Where the total prize value of the trade lottery is less than $5000, a permit will not be required.
A trade lottery permit issued by another Australian State or Territory is accepted in the Northern Territory. That is, an interstate business conducting business or trade in the Territory and holding a current permit to run a trade lottery in another State or Territory may also conduct the trade lottery in the Territory without further approval.
Standard conditions apply to the conduct of all trade lotteries, irrespective of whether or not a permit is required.
- Firearms, weapons, ammunition, explosives
and tobacco products must not be offered as prizes.
- Any alcohol component of a prize offered shall not represent a principal part of that prize.
Results must be published in a publication readily available to NT entrants.
What must the rules of the competition provide?
The following must be specified in the conditions of entry:
- The place, date and time of the promotion
- Prizes not available directly to NT residents
- Travel prizes need to have the destination, number of people, valid until, duration, accommodation, meals, spending money and whether it is redeemable for cash in the conditions of entry.
NT's Department of Business
(08) 8999 1800
(08) 8999 1888
Northern Territory Government
Department of Justice
GPO Box 1154
Darwin NT 0801