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Footy tipping

This page provides information on footy tipping competitions

A footy tipping competition is when entrants must select the winning team in a football match and are awarded a point if successful. As the selection of winning teams requires skill and knowledge, it is not regarded as a lottery and therefore does not require approval by the VCGLR.

Similar tipping competitions may be held for other codes of football and other forms of sport.

A sports tipping competition could be considered a lottery if:

  • The method of entry or of selecting a winner for the competition involves an element of chance at any stage in the competition. For example, if there is more than one person with the same number of points, a draw is used to determine the winner.

A sports tipping competition would be illegal if:

  • The competition involves betting - this does not include a set fee or cost to enter the competition. Betting would make the competition illegal if offered in Victoria unless a licensed wagering or sports betting operator such as Tabcorp conducted it.

Prize money

It is up to the person running the competition to set the value of the prizes. Information about prizes as well as entry fee to the competition should be clearly explained to allow people to decide whether or not to enter.

Where the footy tipping competition is conducted as a trade promotion lottery, the trade or business running the lottery must provide the prizes.

Determining winners

The most common method is to award prizes to the three entrants who have selected the most winners over the season.

Weekly prizes can be also be awarded for tipping all winners in the round.

Entry fee

If the competition is based on skill and knowledge, then it is up to the person running the competition to set the entry fee. Information about the entry fee should be clearly explained in the rules.

Office footy tipping competition

There are no set guidelines for how an office footy tipping competition should be conducted, and it is up to the person organising the competition to develop their own rules. However, the rules should be clear for entrants to understand.

Running a footy tipping competition that involves an element of chance

A footy tipping competition that involves an element of chance can only be conducted where:

  • all of the money that has been collected is returned as prizes
  • the total value of prizes distributed is not more than $5000.

This means that the organiser of the footy tipping competition cannot take money out of the prize pool as expenses.

Alternatively, a footy tipping competition that involves an element of chance could be conducted as a trade promotion lottery.

Running a footy tipping competition as a trade promotion lottery

A footy tipping competition that involves an element of chance may be run as a trade promotion lottery to promote a genuine trade or business. Entrants must not be charged to participate.

You will need to obtain a trade promotion lottery permit from the Victorian Commission for gambling Regulation (VCGLR) if the total value of the prizes in this type of competition is more than $5000.

A footy tipping competition can be conducted which is not for the promotion of a trade or business and no fee is charged for entrants to participate. This type of competition can be considered to be a gratuitous lottery.

Tipping on a commercial basis

How the tipping competition is conducted

Should you consider running a tipping competition on a commercial basis (i.e. if you are intending to conduct it to make money for yourself, your business or to raise funds for a community or charitable organisation from the competition), you are advised to seek your own independent legal advice.

In addition, if you are intending to run your commercial competition using the internet, text message, MMS, or other interactive technology you are advised to seek your own independent legal advice about whether this activity is allowed under Commonwealth legislation, in particular the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.

If your proposal is permitted under Commonwealth legislation, you should then contact us.

If you wish to use a footy tipping competition as part of a promotion of an existing trade or business and you are not intending to use the competition as a way of making money for the business, you could submit your proposed game rules to the VCGLR, who will advise if you need a trade promotion lottery permit.

To find out more information about how you can use interactive technology with your competition, visit the Australian Government Department of Communications webpage.

For more information about footy tipping, contact us

Page last modified 
8 February 2017
Highlights
As the selection of winning teams in footy tipping requires skill and knowledge, it is not regarded as a lottery so does not require approval by the VCGLR.