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Frequently asked questions about bookmakers can be found on this page.
You must be registered by the VCGLR, or be an approved substitute, and hold a club bookmaker's licence from the relevant racing industry controlling body: Racing Victoria, Harness Racing Victoria or Greyhound Racing Victoria. Club 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.
You can then conduct bookmaking on:
Controlling bodies may also impose a monetary licence levy on registered bookmakers who hold a club bookmaker's licence with them. The levy imposed must be approved by the Minister for Racing. Please contact the controlling bodies directly for more information:
The VCGLR may take disciplinary action against a registered bookmaker or bookmaker's key employee for offences against the Act, the Racing Act 1958, associated regulations, licence conditions and directions, including:
Registered bookmakers must not allow a person convicted of a "relevant offence" within the last ten 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 the bookmaker.
A "relevant offence" includes:
A registered bookmaker or bookmaker's key employee must not allow a minor to gamble or take a bet from a minor. A breach of this provision may result in a penalty of 20 penalty units or, in the case of a body corporate, 120 penalty units.
A registered bookmaker must also display any notices in relation to gambling by minors if directed to in writing by the VCGLR and in accordance with any direction given by the VCGLR. A breach of this provision may result in a penalty of 60 penalty units.
Once registration is granted, you will be given a set of directions, which gives you an ongoing responsibility to notify the VCGLR in writing of specific changes to your situation, within 14 days of such a change occurring. You can do so by contacting us, or writing to us by post to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, GPO Box 1988, Melbourne VIC 3001.
If the VCGLR is not notified of a specified change, disciplinary action may be taken.
Disciplinary action taken by the VCGLR may include:
For a bookmaker to take bets on an event other than horse racing, harness racing or greyhound racing; you will need to obtain approval for a betting contingency from the VCGLR. See Approved betting events for a list of the approved sports betting events.
Any sporting, community and other non-profit organisations that wish to hold sporting or community events that will involve the operation of bookmakers must obtain approval from the Minister for Racing as required under the Racing Act 1958. For further information, contact the Department of Justice and Regulation on (03) 8684 1910 about these requirements.
The VCGLR will issue a certificate of registration and an identity card to you as a registered bookmaker (or to the nominee if the bookmaker is a corporation) or bookmaker's key employee. If you are working on a racecourse, or part of a racecourse, you must wear your identity card so it is clearly visible to other people.
If you have lost or damaged your certificate of registration or your identity card, you will need to write to the VCGLR for a replacement. In addition, you will need to provide a statutory declaration listing details of how the certificate of registration or identity card was lost or damaged. A statutory declaration can be made at your local police station. Ensure you have kept a copy for your records. Once we have received your letter and declaration, a replacement identity card will be sent to you.
You must return the certificate of registration and identity card to the VCGLR within 14 days if your registration being cancelled or suspended. The penalty is up to 20 penalty units and/or an on the spot fine of two penalty units.
It is a condition of registration that you implements a Responsible Gambling Code of Conduct that has been approved by the VCGLR.
See Surrender licence.
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