If you’re running a game of chance competition that’s open to residents of New South Wales (NSW), you’re going to need a game of chance permit for NSW regardless of your prize value.

Don’t panic if you haven’t applied for one before or don’t know where to start, that’s why you’re here, reading this article. We’ll walk you through what you’ll need, how much it’ll cost, what information you’ll need and how and where you can apply.

Which licence/permit will I need for NSW?

NSW licences are managed by the Department of Fair Trading and can only be issued to businesses with a valid ABN (Australian Business Number).

Fair Trading offers two different types of licences…


If you’re planning to run a one-off promotion with a single set of prizes and single prize draw, or set of draws if there are multiple winners, this is the licence for you.


If your promotion involves multiple, separate prize draws, usually on separate dates or at certain intervals; you may need a multiple promotion permit.

This type of game of chance permit is valid for 12 months and allows you to run multiple lotteries during that 12 months.

How much will the NSW permit cost?

All states price their licences and permits according to the total prize pool value you’re offering.

At the time of publishing, these are the correct prices for game of chance permits in NSW:

Source: https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/games-of-chance/promoting-a-business/trade-promotion-lottery
September 2019.

For a single lottery with a total prize pool value of up to $10,000, the licence will cost $80 when you apply online (see below).

If you’re planning on applying for a multiple promotion permit in NSW, you’re looking at a minimum cost of $320 if your prize pool is valued at up to $50,000 and no single prize is valued at over $250; or a permit cost of $585 with a prize pool capped at $100,000 and a single prize value of $1,000.

TIP: if you need to amend your licence after applying, note that there will be a fee of $100 per amendment, so it’s worth thoroughly checking your licence application before clicking submit!

What information do I need, in order to apply?

You will need to supply some documents and information with your application, so make sure you have the following prepared in advance:


Also known as competition rules, your terms and conditions set out the exact conditions for entering the competition.

In order to apply for your NSW game of chance permit, you will be asked to upload a copy of your terms and conditions which must include:

  • entry conditions/how to enter
  • minimum age of entrants
  • the competition close date and time
  • where and when the lottery/prize will be drawn
  • how you will award the prizes
  • how your winners will claim their prizes (and whether they need to be present)
  • how you will notify your winners
  • how you plan to publish the winner’s details
  • the promoter’s (that’s you) name, address and telephone number
  • details of the prizes and their value
  • any conditions relating to receiving, accepting or using the prizes.


If you’re giving away a piece of machinery or an electrical appliance (think washing machines, TVs, sound systems etc), vehicles, travel prizes or real estate; you may need to include additional information such as:

  • make and model numbers and any accessories included
  • for vehicles, whether any registration or other on-road costs are included
  • for travel, the number of travellers included, specific inclusions such as flights, accommodation, meals, spending money etc and any applicable restrictions on when they can travel
  • for real estate, specifics on type of dwelling, plans, contract and easement details, address details and what costs and extras are included.


You may also be asked to upload a sample entry form, any tickets or advertising material.

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How do I apply for a game of chance permit?

We do offer a licence application service, but if you wish to apply for the game of chance permit yourself:

  1. Log in or create an account at onegov.nsw.gov.au
  2. Select single or multiple promotion (see above for explanation)
  1. Follow the instructions and enter your competition details. You will have a chance to review your application in full before you submit your payment details and lodge the application.

You can find more information on the Fair Trading games of chance trade promotion lottery website for NSW.

Applying for a game of chance permit in NSW is pretty straight forward as long as you have an ABN and a clear set of terms and conditions. If you need help with getting your competition legal, we offer a T&Cs, Rules and Licence package which gives you a comprehensive set of lawyer-written terms and conditions, social media platform rule compliance check and NSW licence application service.

Otherwise, book in a free 15 minute strategy session with one of our team to ensure your game of chance competition is covered in NSW.

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