What to Know About Australia’s Online Competition Permits

Posted on: 6th June 2014

Getting the right and valid permits is a necessity for anyone who wishes to run an online competition in Australia. Different states have different rules but there is a basic general guideline you can use. Nevertheless, it is still important that you check the requirements set by your particular location or the area where you’re going to run the competitions.

For online competitions, the value of the prize usually determines the costs of the permit and the requirements as well. While some states do not require permits anymore if it is a game of skill where the entrants have to answer a question in a creative manner or exhibit a talent, most of the states require permits for games of chance.

The Australian Government website posts updated useful information about online competitions:

South Australia - Online Competition Permit Requirements

If the competition prize does not exceed $5,000 AUD, it is considered a ‘minor lottery’; hence, a permit is no required for it. On the other hand, if the competition is a game of skill, a permit is not necessary, whatever prize value they give to the winner/s. But if a prize draw has any random element in it e.g. the entrant will answer a question or show a skill but the winner will be chosen from all the correct entries, the promoter of the competition must obtain a permit in South Australia. For more information, visit the OLGC website.

Victoria - Online Competition Permit Requirements

If the prize value of the online competition is less than $5,000 AUD, there is no need for the promoter to obtain a permit in Victoria. For more information, visit the VCGR website.

New South Wales - Online Competition Permit Requirements

In NSW, regardless of prize value of all online competitions, the promoter still has to obtain a permit. If the promotion is classified as a game of skill, the promoter is not required to get a permit. For more information, visit the OLGR website.

Queensland - Online Competition Permit Requirements

In Queensland, promoters do not need to get a permit for their online competition regardless of the prize value. For more information, visit the OLGR website.

ACT - Online Competition Permit Requirements

In ACT, all online competitions and promotions must be organized after the promoter gets a valid permit. Costs may vary depending on the prize value. For more information about the schedule of fees, visit the GRC website.

Northern Territory - Online Competition Permit Requirements

In the Northern Territory, if the prize value is higher than $5,000 then all online competitions must have a corresponding permit for those. For more information about permits on online competitions, visit the Department of Justice NT website.

Tasmania - Online Competition Permit Requirements

Regardless of the value of the prize, online promotions in Tasmania do not need a permit. For more information, visit the DTF website.

Western Australia - Online Competition Permit Requirements

If an online competition in Western Australia does not require entrants to pay a registration fee, then a permit is not required for running it. For more information, visit the DRGL website.

Want to run an online promotion or competition?

All promoters, sponsors, and organizers who intend to run a successful online competition, contact Digital Dialogue for assistance. It would include concept development, permit requirement application, implementation process and other services related to running an online competition.

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