Raffles can only be run by organisations that have been Declared by VCGLR. The organisation can hold a raffle without a minor gaming permit as long as the prize value is $5000 or less.
The information on this page relates to both commercial and community and charitable gaming.
You must keep a record of the following for three years:
Description (including retail value) of the prizes
If you plan to hold a raffle with a prize value of over $5,000, you need to apply for a minor gaming permit. See Application process and requirements for more information.
A raffle is a lottery where entrants purchase tickets for the chance to win prizes and the proceeds from it go to a charity, sporting or recreational body or a registered political party.
Any method can be used to draw winners, as long as it provides a random and equal chance of each ticket being drawn and the method does not allow the possibility of more than one entry being deemed the winner of the same prize.
For more information on raffle prizes please visit the Raffle prizes frequently asked questions below.
Any person who conducts a raffle on behalf of a community or charitable organisation must have written consent of the governing body of that organisation.
A commercial raffle licence is required if:
A community and charitable organisation must also obtain a raffle permit for any activity conducted on its behalf if prizes are valued at $5,000 or more. Only declared community and charitable organisations can apply for a raffle permit.
For more information, see Application process and requirements - commercial raffle.
If you are an affiliate or branch within an organisation and wish to carry out a raffle on behalf of a political party, it must be conducted in the name of the declared political party. The affiliates or branches must have written authority from the political party to conduct the raffle. If the political party is to receive any proceeds from the raffle, this must be included in the raffle ticket.
It depends on the liquor licence category and conditions. It is legal for a venue already licensed to supply liquor for consumption off the premises to offer alcohol as a raffle prize, provided that other legal requirements are satisfied, for example, the raffle is for the benefit of a declared community or charitable organisation (eg sporting clubs and charities) and not for the profit of the licensed venue. If the licensee is not licensed to supply liquor for consumption off the premises, it will be a breach of the licensee's liquor licence to offer alcohol as a raffle prize, as the alcohol will be consumed off the premises. If a licensee wishes to do so, the licensee should obtain a temporary limited liquor licence authorising the supply liquor for consumption off the premises.
Any liquor which is a prize of a raffle cannot be supplied to minors.
Yes, an unlicensed venue may offer a raffle with alcohol as a prize, provided the raffle is conducted in such a way that each participant has a chance of winning a prize and one or more of those prizes are liquor. This is the common method of conducting a raffle. However, where the raffle is conducted on the basis that each participant wins a prize, and each prize is liquor, then a temporary liquor licence is required. The unlicensed venue must also satisfy all the other legal requirements for conducting a raffle.
Cash is not a legal raffle prize. However, if the raffle prize is travel associated, for example accommodation or flights, a maximum of 10 per cent of the total value of the prize can be cash.
No. Debit cards (regardless of whether or not they have a cash withdrawal option) are not permitted as prizes for raffles in Victoria.
Shop specific gift cards may be offered, provided they are limited enough in scope (e.g. limited to a specific store or set of stores).
A reverse raffle is illegal in Victoria. A reverse raffle draw is a raffle where the last ticket drawn is declared the winner of the first prize. The Gambling Regulations 2015 state that the first raffle ticket drawn must win first prize.
The selling of raffle tickets at equal value or different values is legal in Victoria. Ticket prices must be printed on the tickets, except in "small raffles" as defined in the Gambling Regulations 2015.
Cash cannot be offered as an alternative raffle prize.
It is not prohibited to offer an alternative prize if it differs marginally from the original prize specifications and the winning recipient accepts the alternative prize. For example, a different colour car to the one advertised but same make and model.
A raffle prize must be delivered to the winner within 28 days of the raffle being drawn.
Raffles can be run by organisations that have been declared and can hold a raffle without a minor gaming permit as long as the prize is $5000 or less.
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