The Complete Guide to Permit Requirements for Competitions

Posted on: 26th February 2013

Competition RequirmentsThe laws relating to competitions are complex and vary from state to state. In this article, we have taken the pain of trawling through the lawbooks in our concise summary of the legal requires for each state. For legal purposes, competitions are divided into two types, Games of Skill and Games of Chance. According to ACT law, “skill” means any competition that involves a decision or input by the participant, such as guessing a sound or number or weight, submitting a description of an item or activity or describing or stating reasons for liking something. Skill could also comprise any event or competition that is assessed by people qualified in a field relevant to the event or competition. It is interesting to note that whether a game is judged to be a Game of Skill or Chance may vary by state or territory. For example, the Federal District Court in Brooklyn held that poker was more of a Game of Skill rather than Chance

NSW

In NSW, for Games of Skill permits are not a legal necessity. However, the NSW OLGR requires a permit for all Games of Chance irrespective of the total prize value.

Victoria

In Victoria, for Games of Skill permits are not a legal necessity. However, promotions which have an element of chance and have a prize value of greater than $5000 need a permit. For more information, visit the VCGLR website.

Queensland
Queensland currently does not require permits for either games of chance or skill currently. However, there are some exceptions, so it is recommended that you seek legal advice before launching your competition.

SA

In SA permits are mandatory where competitions have an element of chance and the total prize value is greater than $5000. For more information, visit the SA OLGC website .

WA

Western Australia currently does not require permits for either games of chance or skill currently. However, there are some exceptions, so it is recommended that you seek legal advice before launching your competition.

NT

In NT, for Games of Skill permits are not a legal obligation. However, competitions that have an element of chance and a prize value larger than $5000 will need a permit. For more information, visit the NT Department of Justice website .

Tasmania

Tasmania currently does not require permits for either games of chance or skill currently. However, there are some exceptions, so it is recommended that you seek legal advice before launching your competition.

ACT

In the ACT, Games of Skill do not require a permit. However, competitions that have an element of chance are mandated to apply for a permit irrespective of the prize value. Permit prices can be found here.
For more information, visit the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission website.

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