This page outlines the application process and requirements to become a bookmaker and a bookmakers key employee.
A bookmaker is a person who:
The duration of a bookmaker's registration is 10 years, subject to the conditions specified in the registration, and unless cancelled, surrendered or suspended.
Once approval is granted, you will be given a set of directions, which gives you an ongoing responsibility to notify the VCGLR of any changes.
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 you as a registered bookmaker.
See Standard licence obligations for more details.
For a list of current bookmakers, see Approved bookmakers.
Individuals applying to be registered as a bookmaker or as a nominee for a corporate registered bookmaker are required to apply to Victoria Police for a 'National name check' National Police Certificate.
Finger and palm prints are not required. The VCGLR is currently updating the GIE application forms on this website to indicate this change.
If a corporation is approved as a registered bookmaker, the corporation must nominate a person to act as a nominee. To apply, complete the Registered bookmaker - approval as a nominee of a corporation application form (PDF, 635.42 KB).
For further information about how to register as a bookmaker, see Frequently Asked Questions - Bookmakers.
If you would like a copy of any of these documents in a more accessible format, contact us.
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You must also obtain a club bookmaker's licence from the relevant racing industry controlling body such as Racing Victoria Limited, Harness Racing Victoria or Greyhound Racing Victoria.
Licences provide the authority for bookmakers to field at race meetings of each racing code and in some cases, to conduct 24-hour trading at racecourses. The contact details in relation to club bookmaker's licence applications are listed below:
A bookmaker's key employee is a person who is:
Note: the VCGLR has not specified any other activities at this time.
The VCGLR is responsible for granting and enforcing the conditions of the registrations of bookmaker's key employees.
For your obligations as a bookmaker's employee, see Standard licence obligations - bookmakers and key employees.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and must not have been convicted of a 'relevant offence' in the last 10 years.
A relevant offence is:
To register as a bookmaker's key employee, you will need to complete the Request for approval for registration as a bookmaker's key employee (new or renewal) application (PDF, 596.38 KB). This form includes information about the application process and relevant documentation that needs to be included in the application.
For information about how to register as a bookmaker's key employee, download the Frequently asked questions - Bookmaker's key employee (PDF, 325.24 KB).
If you would like a copy of these documents in a more accessible format, contact us.
To use the self-service portal you must have your email address registered with the VCGLR. If you have not registered your email address, contact us.
To update your email address online, you will need your user ID and password. The user ID is your bookmaker's key employee registration number, followed by '/GIE'. For example, if your registration number is BK1234567, then your user ID is BK1234567/GIE.
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