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Bookmakers and key employees

A bookmaker is a person:

  • who (whether acts on their own account or as an employee or agent for another person) carries on the business or occupation, or acts as a bookmaker or turf commission agent
  • who gains or attempts to gain a livelihood entirely or partly by betting or making wagers on a racing or sporting event.

Information about application requirements and responsibilities of a registered bookmaker is available in the Bookmaker section.

A bookmaker’s key employee is a person who is:

  • employed by a bookmaker in a managerial capacity
  • authorised to make decisions that are relevant to the business operations of a bookmaker
  • employed in any other activity relating to the operations of a bookmaker specified by the Victoria Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).

From 1 July 2015, registered bookmakers cannot allow a person convicted of a ‘relevant offence’, within the last 10 years, to handle or have any involvement in any bets made with the bookmaker or the publication of betting odds. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action being taken against registered bookmakers. 

A relevant offence includes: 

  • an offence against the Racing Act 1958, a gaming Act, or regulations
  • an offence involving fraud or dishonesty
  • an indictable offence, or an offence that, if committed in Victoria would be an indictable offence.

Information about application requirements and responsibilities of a registered bookmaker is available in the Bookmaker’s key employee section.

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