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The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) is the independent statutory authority that regulates Victoria's gambling and liquor industries.

Our vision is that Victorians and visitors enjoy safe and responsible gambling and liquor environments.
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Sports controlling bodies

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Sports peak bodies may apply to be declared sports controlling bodies by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR), provided they are able to demonstrate appropriate strategic, operational and integrity policies including a code of conduct.

To be successfully declared a sports controlling body, the sports body must:

  • demonstrate they control, organise and administer the sports events 
  • demonstrate the sport is an established sporting code with a seasonal events calendar 
  • demonstrate they are the most appropriate body to be declared as sports controlling body 
  • show they are recognised by Australian Sports Commission as a National Sports Organisation 
  • demonstrate high levels of involvement in promoting and developing their sport 
  • show a current three year strategic plan including integrity, conduct, operational, marketing and promotional policies 
  • demonstrate they possess appropriate infrastructure, resources and expertise to administer, monitor and enforce integrity systems 
  • demonstrate their compliance with national and international  codes of conduct and conventions relating to integrity in their sport 
  • show the body’s operational policies on reporting event results, provision of information to betting market and processes for hearing appeals and protests 
  • demonstrate their appointment as a sports controlling body is in the public interest.  

Below are the current sports controlling bodies for sports betting events, which have been approved by the VCGLR. The relevant events held by the sports body are listed under each title.

Sports

Australian Football League

The Australian Football League (AFL) is the approved sports controlling body as of 18 March 2008, and is responsible for the following sports betting events:

  • all AFL games that fall within the AFL pre-season competition 
  • AFL Premiership season competition 
  • AFL Finals series 
  • Brownlow Medal vote count.
Australian Rugby Union

The Australian Rugby Union  is the approved sports controlling body as of 16 February 2010, and is responsible for the following sports betting events:

  • Super Rugby 
  • matches featuring the Wallabies 
  • men’s Australia Sevens matches 
  • women’s Australia Sevens matches 
  • Australia A matches 
  • Australia under-20s matches 
  • National Rugby Championship.
Basketball Australia

Basketball Australia is approved as the sports controlling body for sports betting purposes as of 2 January 2013, for the following sports betting events:

any basketball match or competition controlled, organized or administered by Basketball Australia including, but not limited to, National Basketball League and Women’s Basketball League games 
games involving Australian National teams 
international games or competitions conducted by Basketball Australia.

Bowls Australia

Bowls Australia is the approved sports controlling body for sports betting purposes as of 9 April 2015, and is responsible for the following bowls sports betting events: 

  • Australian Premier League 
  • Australian Open 
  • Australian Indoor Championships 
  • Australian Sides Championships 
  • National Champion of Champions 
  • events and tournaments conducted and controlled by Bowls Australia.
Cricket Australia

Cricket Australia is the approved sports controlling body as of 22 April 2008, and is responsible for any cricket match or competition conducted under the jurisdiction or sponsorship of Cricket Australia.

Football Federation Australia Limited

Football Federation Australia Limited (FFA) Limited is the approved sports controlling body as of 30 July 2012, and is responsible for the following sports betting events:

  • all football matches played in Australia between a national team representing Australia and a national team representing another nation (including junior and women’s teams) 
  • all football matches played in Australia between football clubs that are members of the A-League, including the A-League pre-season, A-League regular season, A-League finals series, the National Youth League and W-League 
  • all football matches played in Australia between a professional club that is a member of a national association other than FFA and either: 
  • a club who is a member of FFA 
  • or another professional club that is a member of a national association other than the Football Federation Australia
  • all football matches played in Australia between two national associations who are members of Federation International de Football Association 
  • the football competitions conducted in each of the Australian states and territories by member federations of the FFA.
National Rugby League

The National Rugby League is the approved sports controlling body as of 6 May 2008, and is responsible for the control and regulation of all matches either solely or in conjunction with the Australian Rugby League.

Netball Australia

Netball Australia is the approved sports controlling body as of 8 August 2012, and is responsible for the following sports betting events:

  • all events controlled and regulated by Netball Australia 
  • matches featuring the Australian Netball Diamonds 
  • matches featuring the Australian FastNet Diamonds 
  • ANZ Championship matches featuring the Australian teams.
Professional Golfers Association of Australia

Professional Golfers Association of Australia is the approved sports controlling body as of 15 July 2008 and is responsible for the control and regulation of all events.

Tennis Australia

Tennis Australia is the approved sports controlling body as of 19 August 2008, and is responsible for the control and regulation of all tournaments.

Reporting requirements

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) aims to foster the integrity of betting on sporting events by contributing to the development of sport through promotion of fair information and revenue sharing between sports betting providers and sports controlling bodies. This is achieved by:

  • approving sporting and other non-racing events for betting purposes 
  • enabling sporting organisations to apply to be approved as the sports controlling body for betting purposes on their sport 
  • restricting sports betting providers from offering betting services on a previously approved sporting event, six months after a sports controlling body is approved for that sporting event without prior agreement with the approved sports controlling body being empowered to prohibit particular contingencies considered inappropriate for betting purposes.
  • Sports controlling bodies must advise the VCGLR of any planned betting or gambling arrangements on contingencies.
What is reported

Under the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 (the Act) and Gambling and Liquor Legislation Further Amendment Act 2014, approved sports controlling bodies are required to report the following to the VCGLR:

  • initial arrangements with betting providers 
  • changes to integrity policies, rules, and codes of conduct 
  • changes to integrity expertise or resources 
  • suspected or actual breach of policies, rules or codes of conduct 
  • action taken to investigate a suspected or actual breach 
  • the results of an investigation, and any action taken.

These obligations are subject to strict time constraints under the Act to ensure that the reporting of matters to the VCGLR is made promptly.

How to report

The sports controlling body reporting guidelines (PDF, 238KB) provide recommendations on how to report to the VCGLR. Reports of any changes must be provided annually by 1 August, or as requested by the VCGLR, in accordance with the guidelines.

Written notification as required by the Act must be made to the VCGLR within the required timeframes. Submissions, including written preliminary notifications and reports, may be made via email to scbnotifications@vcglr.vic.gov.au.

Sports controlling bodies from other jurisdictions may be recognised by the VCGLR. Download the application form (PDF, 130KB) and submit via post or email.

Page last modified 
10 March 2017