Summaries of the various State and Territory regulations pertaining to 'tipping competitions'.
For the purposes of obtaining a permit/licence they are often defined as 'Trade Promotion Lotteries'.
A permit may be required from each State or Territory from which tippers can enter the competition.
If no entry fee is charged, and the total prize pool is less than $5,000 then no permit is required except for NSW and ACT (ACT permit is only required if the competition is advertised in the ACT and total prize pool is greater than $3000). Also 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, but it is not yet certain when these changes will be enacted. More information.
In some states, it is a breach of the gaming laws if an entry fee is charged, whilst in others an entry fee is allowed providing it is either returned in full to the participants as prizes or the competition is a charitable fund-raiser.
Applying for Permits/Licences can be complicated and time consuming, with different forms and regulations for each State or Territory that may require a permit. If you wish, Footy Tipping Software can apply for permits on your behalf. The charge for this service is $150 (ex GST) per permit in addition to any fee charged for the permit by the issuing authority.