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Bingo is a form of ‘minor gaming’ where players receive a ticket (or tickets) with randomly numbered squares. Players mark off the numbers as they are randomly drawn and announced. The aim depends on the version of bingo being played. To win, a player must be the first to mark off all numbers on their ticket and call ‘bingo’, ‘pattern’ or ‘bingo’ or make an audible noise or have another person make the call on his or her behalf.
Who can conduct bingo?
Bingo may be conducted for fundraising purposes by organisations declared (registered) by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) as a community or charitable organisation.
A licensed bingo centre operator on behalf of a declared community or charitable organisation can also run bingo sessions. The bingo centre operator may charge a fee to run bingo and may recover their expenses up to a set limit.
As stated by the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 (the Act), a person cannot operate a bingo centre unless they hold a bingo centre operator’s licence.
For a list of bingo application forms, please go to Gambling forms.
Where can bingo be played?
Community and charitable organisations may run bingo in places such as local halls or club rooms. Bingo can also be played in ‘bingo centres’. A licensed bingo centre is a house or place in which sessions of bingo are regularly held on a commercial basis.
Rules of bingo
There are specific rules of bingo that bingo centre operators, charitable or community organisations must follow in order to carry out bingo sessions.
A bingo centre operator, community or charitable organisation may apply to the VCGLR to vary the rules of bingo for their specific needs. For more information about the above, please see Rules of Bingo.
Bingo centre operators need to be aware of the standard rules of bingo (PDF, 425KB) as stated under the Act. There are three different types of bingo, which is defined by the range of numbers available to be drawn and the type of ticket used. For more information, refer to the approved versions of bingo.
Responsible Gambling Code of Conduct
Commercial bingo must complete a statement of adoption confirming that an approved Responsible Gambling Code of Conduct has been formally adopted. For further information, see Responsible Gambling Code of Conduct.
There are certain directions that bingo centre operators must follow as approved by the Commission, refer to VCGLR directions and guidelines for more information.
The bingo information sheet (PDF, 372KB) includes details about how to conduct a bingo session and the responsibilities of people involved in bingo. For information about how to lodge your return, please go to bingo centre operators.
Refer to the database to find the current list of bingo centre operators.