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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.
- 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.
- 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, and
- Where and when the results will be published.
State Authority: ACT Gambling and Racing Commission.
- 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.
State Authority: NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing. There are regulations for raffles with total prizes under $25,000 and Art Union Raffles for total value of prizes over $25,000.
Raffles (total value of prizes under $25,000)
- No permit is required but your raffle still needs to comply with above link.
- The benefiting organisation must achieve a 40% profit.
- If the total value of prizes exceeds $5,000 the name and address of the purchaser must be legibly recorded.
- Winners should be notified within 2 days of the draw.
- If the total value of prizes exceeds $5,000 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.
Art Union Raffles (total value of prizes over $25,000)
- A permit is required from the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing. Application form: http://www.olgr.nsw.gov.au/pdfs/gofc_fs_art_union_app.pdf.
- The benefiting organisation must achieve a 30% profit.
- The tickets need to include the total number of tickets in the art union.
- Records should retained for 3 months and unsold tickets kept for 3 years.
State Authority: Licensing and Regulation Division, NT Department of Justice.
State Authority: Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Queensland.
State Authority: Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner.
State Authority: Liquor and Gaming Branch, representing the Tasmanian Gaming Commission.
State Authority: Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation.
State Authority: Department of Consumer and Employment Protection.