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Community and charitable gaming
An organisation hosting a raffle, fundraising event or bingo game must be registered as a community or charitable organisation. To be declared as a community or charitable organisation, the organisation must be conducted in good faith for:
- a philanthropic or benevolent purpose
- the purpose of a sporting or recreational club
- the purpose of a political party
Download and complete the Declaration as a community or charitable organisation application form (PDF, 271KB) . The application must be lodged no less than 21 days before the gaming activity is carried out as stated in the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 (the Act).
The declared community and charitable organisations (database) is an up-to-date listing of organisations that have been approved by the VCGLR.
The nominee is responsible to ensure that the activity is conducted in compliance with gaming laws, rules of the game and permit conditions. It is a requirement under the Act that community or charitable organisations that hold a minor gaming permit must appoint a nominee. Should the nominee change, the organisation must notify the VCGLR as soon as the change occurs.
To apply to become a nominee, please download and complete the Amendment to a minor gaming permit – new nominee application form (PDF, 250KB).
Some gaming activities may require a minor gaming permit in order for the organisation to conduct the activity legally.
The following activities require a minor gaming permit:
- raffles (where the total prize value exceeds $5,000)
- lucky envelopes
- fundraising events such as casino nights.
Click on the links for more information about these activities.
To apply for a minor gaming permit, download and complete the Minor gaming permit application form (PDF, 337KB).
The VCGLR website has issued guidelines for the following gaming activities, which are often part of a community or charitable organisation’s events.
- raffles (webpage)
- lucky envelopes (webpage)
- fundraising events (webpage)
- Blackjack (PDF, 4MB)
- Crown and Anchor (PDF, 2.3MB)
- Roulette (PDF, 2.6MB)
- Texas Hold 'Em Poker (PDF, 2.4MB)
- Unders and Overs (PDF, 2.3MB)
- Wheel of Fortune (PDF, 2.6MB)
Details on how to conduct bingo and the responsibilities with those involved is available from the Bingo page.
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