There are a number of laws in place in NSW that regulate lotteries, raffles and games of chance used to raise money by non-profit organisations and drive membership to registered clubs. If your sporting organisation or club is considering fundraising activities along these lines you will need to comply. Activities that require a permit include:
- Raffles (including guessing competitions), no-draw lotteries (scratch, break-open lotteries), mini-numbers (lotto style games), art unions, football doubles and variations
- Charity housie, lucky envelopes, chocolate wheels
- Club bingo, promotional raffles
- Social housie
- Sweeps and calcuttas
- Football tipping competitions, hundred clubs
- Trade promotion lotteries, gratuitous lotteries.
In addition, the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991 outlines how a charity can legally undertake fundraising activities.
For permit application forms and information on fundraising rules and regulations, head to the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing.
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