Apply for relevant licences.
From all applicable state governments
Permits, licences and social media rules are the most common questions we receive. The government websites are a maze of redirects and double negatives, so I don’t blame people for getting confused.
The need for a licence depends on:
- Whether you run a game of chance or a game of skill
- Which states your competition is open to (not where you business is based – a common misconception)
- The value of your prize
The long and short of it is this: a game of chance (winner picked at random) open to NSW residents, currently needs a licence regardless of prize value (note that this may be changing in 2018). If your prize value exceeds $3,000 and is open to ACT and/or NT you’ll need to apply for a licence in these states (NT will waive the requirement if you have a valid licence from another state). If your prize value is over $5,000 and open to SA, you will need a licence here. If you’re running a game of skill (winner picked based on the quality of their entry) then you won’t need a licence in any state. Currently, games of skill or chance open to QLD, VIC, WA and TAS do not need licences in these states.
All of the above information is taken from each state government’s website, but you should also check for yourself on a regular basis in case the rules change:
NSW: Liquor and Gaming NSW
ACT: Gambling and Racing Commission
SA: Consumer and Business Services
NT: Northern Territory Government
QLD: Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (scroll to Category 4)
WA: Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
TAS: Department of Treasury and Finance
In our spirit of making your life easier, based on the facts found on each state government website above, we’ve put together a handy little flow chart to help you work out whether you need a licence for your competition or not:
NSW licensing update
In August 2017, the Office of Liquor and Gaming NSW announced that after a year long consultation with stakeholders (don’t worry, I petitioned on your behalf!), that the limit for requiring a licence for a game of chance will be increased to $10,000. This is excellent news for small business owners who currently need to apply for a licence regardless of the value of their prize. The changes are set to come into effect some time in 2018, so in the mean time you still need to apply for those licences until the legislation is passed.