Raffle Regulations

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Note: While we try very hard to make sure all of the information on this page is correct, we take no responsibility for any information that is incorrect or not up to date.

Introduction

The running of fundraising raffles by non-profits and charities is regulated by each state and territory in Australia. We have summarised the main requirements for all states and territories here. We also provide a link to each government department responsible for regulating raffles by state and territory.

General Considerations

Some basic requirements before considering running a raffle:

  • Only non-profit organisations can hold raffles
  • Tobacco based products, firearms, and cosmetic surgery prizes are banned
  • Limits to liquor prizes with age restrictions to ticket buyers
  • If you intend to sell tickets in a street or public place you may need permission from your local council and public liability insurance
  • Every person who has purchased a ticket should have an equal chance of winning a prize

Raffle Ticket Requirements

Some basic requirements required on tickets:

  • A full description stating the nature and retail value of each prize
  • The permit number obtained from your state authority (if required)
  • The beneficiary and the purpose of the raffle
  • A sequential number
  • Any conditions attached to the prizes
  • The date, time and location of the draw
  • Where and when the results will be published

State/Territory Specific Details

Note: You need to comply with each states regulations for each state you are selling tickets in.

Australian Capital Territory Raffle Regulations

The ACT Gambling and Racing Commission is the authority that regulates raffles in the ACT.  The direct link to find more details is at http://www.gamblingandracing.act.gov.au/gambling/lotteries/raffles

Notes:

  • If you are a non-profit and the proceeds are less than $500 (money raised less costs) you may be exempt
  • If you run a private raffle and it isn't advertised outside your club you might also be exempt

 

New South Wales Raffle Regulations

Fair Trading NSW is the authority that regulates raffles in New South Wales.  

For raffles with prizes under $30,000 see https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/games-of-chance/community-gaming/charities-and-not-for-profits-only/guessing-competitions

  • No permit is required but your raffle still needs to comply with above link
  • The benefiting organisation must achieve a 40% profit
  • Winners should be notified within 2 days of the draw
  • If the total value of prizes exceeds $10,000 the prize winners list must be published in a newspaper within 7 days of the draw
  • Records should retained for 3 months for raffles with total prizes under $5,000 and 3 years for raffles with total prizes over $5,000
  • There is a detailed procedure to follow for unclaimed prizes

For raffles with prizes over $30,000 (referred to as Art Unions) see https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/games-of-chance/community-gaming/charities-and-not-for-profits-only/art-unions

Northern Territory Raffle Regulations

The NT Department of Business is the authority that regulates raffles in the NT.  The direct link to find more details is at http://www.dob.nt.gov.au/gambling-licensing/gambling/lotteries/Pages/lotteries-raffles.aspx

Notes:

  • If you are a non-profit and the total value of tickets to be sold is under $5,000 then no permit is required
  • For raffles where the total value of tickets to be sold is over $5,000 a permit is required

Queensland Raffle Regulations

The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation is the authority that regulates raffles in Queensland.  The direct link to find more details is at http://www.olgr.qld.gov.au/gaming/gaming-licences-and-permits/competitions-and-raffles

Notes:

  • Category 1 raffles (gross proceeds not more than $2,000) don't need a permit
  • Category 2 raffles (gross proceeds more than $2,000 but not more than $50,000) don't need a permit
  • Category 3 raffles (gross proceeds more than $50,000) you do require a permit

South Australia Raffle Regulations

All details relating to raffles is South Australia can be found at https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/family-and-community/community-organisations/fundraising-for-organisations/lotteries

Notes:

  • Minor Lotteries (total retail value of prizes under $5,000) don't require a permit.
  • Major Lotteries (total retail value of prizes over $5,000) do require a permit.

Tasmania Raffle Regulations

The Department of Treasury and Finance is the authority that regulates raffles in Tasmania. The direct link to find more details is at http://www.treasury.tas.gov.au/Documents/Raffles%20Rules%20Conditions%202017-18.pdf

Notes:

  • A permit is not required where the total retail value of prizes is under $5,000

Victoria Raffle Regulations

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation is the authority that regulates raffles in Victoria. The direct link to find more details is at http://www.vcglr.vic.gov.au/home/gambling/new+applicants/community+and+charitable+gaming/

Notes:

  • A permit is not required where the total retail value of prizes is under $5,000
  • You are required to have printed tickets if the prize value is $500 or over

Western Australia Raffle Regulations

The Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor is the authority that regulates raffles in Western Australia. The direct link to find more details is at http://www.rgl.wa.gov.au/docs/default-source/gaming/standard.pdf

Notes:

  • There are certain situations when a permit is not required where the value of prizes us under $500, $1,000 and $2,000 (see link above for full details).