The Australian Capital Territory is a federal district formed within the state of New South Wales, and houses the country’s capital - Canberra. Throughout all the Australian states, raffles are classified as “gaming”, and fall into the same category as casinos and other gaming licensed clubs. However, this is where most of the similarities between state regulations end. Each state has a different set of rules and regulations for raffles, which are put in place and enforced by a local regulatory body.
In the case of the Australian Capital Territory, the regulatory body is the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission.
There are 5 key features that you should know before starting a raffle in ACT:
- Any type of action that allows participants to win prizes based on a purchased ticket falls under the raffle category. Whether you’re selling tickets or asking participants to take part in a skill-based event, it will be considered a raffle, as long as there is a pre-determined prize pool.
- Anyone can run a raffle in ACT without a permit, as long as all the proceeds are offered towards a charity or charitable cause. Moreover, the prize value must be below $500. Anything over the $500 threshold requires a valid raffle permit.
- The value of the tickets sold can’t exceed a certain threshold which is directly related to the value of the prize. If the total prize value does not exceed $10,000, the value of the sold tickets cannot exceed 5 times the value of the prize. Similarly, if the total prize value is over $10,000, the value of the sold tickets must be within 10 times of the prize value.
- Minors can participate in raffles as long as the raffle prizes don’t include alcohol, tobacco, or other items that are restricted to minors.
- Raffle tickets can be created in any shape and size, but the information on them must follow certain rules. If the value of the raffle prizes exceeds $2,000, each raffle ticket must contain the following information:
- Commission issued permit number
- Details pertaining to the person or organization that is holding the raffle and details about the purpose of the raffle
- A list containing all possible prizes, including their retail value
- Conditions (if any) that participants must fulfill in order to be eligible to win
- A sequential number
- Details about the location, date, and time of the prize draw
- Complete information about the date and publication of the raffle results, including the process through which the winners will be contacted by the organising party
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