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The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) is the independent statutory authority that regulates Victoria's gambling and liquor industries.

Our vision is that Victorians and visitors enjoy safe and responsible gambling and liquor environments.
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An organisation that is approved by the VCGLR as the controlling body for a sports betting event is known as a sports controlling body. 

Approval as a sports controlling body (SCB) enables an organisation to have oversight of the betting on the sport it controls and regulates. An approved sports controlling body may enter agreements with sports betting providers to allow sports betting providers to offer betting services on the sport it controls. This allows the sharing of information to protect and support the integrity in sports and sports betting and also enables a SCB to receive a financial return from the betting provider(s). This return is intended to support the provision of integrity processes in the sport, which in turn promotes confidence in the sport and associated betting activities.

Application process

To be approved, the sports body must provide evidence to support that they:

  • have control of the event, or organise or administer the event
  • have adequate policies, rules, codes of conduct or other mechanisms designed to ensure the integrity of the event
  • support compliance with relevant international codes and conventions applicable to the event that relate to integrity in sport
  • have the expertise, resources and authority necessary to administer, monitor and enforce the integrity systems
  • have clear policies on the provision of information that may be relevant to the betting market
  • have clear processes for reporting the results of the event and hearing appeals and protests regarding those results
  • have clear policies on the sharing of information with sports betting providers for the purpose of investigating suspicious betting activity
  • are the most appropriate body to be approved as the sports controlling body for the event. 

To apply to become an SCB, please contact us

If you are an SCB from another jurisdiction, you can apply to be recognised in Victoria, see: Application to be declared as the sports controlling body for a sports event (organisations approved in another jurisdiction)

Regulation of sports controlling bodies

Our regulation of SCBs includes: 

  • ongoing monitoring of the SCBs adherence to its obligations as detailed in the Gambling Regulations Act 2003 (the Act)
  • regular reviews of the SCB to ensure their ongoing suitability
  • investigations of incidents and breaches that may impact the integrity of betting on the sports and the suitability of the SCBs. 

The obligations of a SCB and our role in overseeing these are set out in the Act. The legislative framework emphasises the integrity of betting on sporting events. It requires SCBs to have and maintain sports betting integrity processes and policies.
 

Reporting requirements

Approved SCBs are required within a specified time to report:

  • arrangements with betting providers
  • changes to integrity policies, rules, and codes of conduct
  • changes to integrity expertise or resources
  • suspected or actual breach of policies, rules or codes of conduct
  • action taken to investigate a suspected or actual breach
  • the results of an investigation, and any action taken.

Such reporting can be made via email to scbnotifications@vcglr.vic.gov.au.

For more information about the obligations of an SCB, see: Sports controlling body reporting guidelines  

Approved sports controlling bodies

Australian Football League

Approved 18 March 2008, the Australian Football League (AFL)  is the sports controlling body for:

  • all AFL games that fall within the AFL pre-season competition
  • AFL Premiership season competition 
  • AFL Finals series
  • Brownlow Medal vote count
  • AFLW season competition
  • AFLW Finals series
  • AFLW Awards
  • all AFLX games that fall within the AFLX competition.
Australian Rugby Union

Approved 16 February 2010, the Australian Rugby Union ​is the sports controlling body for:

  • Super Rugby
  • matches featuring the Wallabies
  • men’s Australia Sevens matches
  • women’s Australia Sevens matches
  • Australia A matches
  • Australia under-20s matches
  • National Rugby Championship.
Basketball Australia

Approved 2 January 2013, Basketball Australia is the sports controlling body for the following sports betting events:

  • any basketball match or competition controlled, organized or administered by Basketball Australia including, but not limited to, National Basketball League and Women’s Basketball League games
  • games involving Australian National teams
  • international games or competitions conducted by Basketball Australia.
Bowls Australia

Approved 9 April 2015, Bowls Australia is the sports controlling body for the following bowls sports betting events:

  • Australian Premier League
  • Australian Open
  • Australian Indoor Championships
  • Australian Sides Championships
  • National Champion of Champions
  • events and tournaments conducted and controlled by Bowls Australia.
Confederation of Australian Motor Sports

Approved on 7 August 2018 the Confederation of Australian Motor Sports (CAMS) is the sports controlling body for all motor sport race events, championships and competitions it controls and regulates.

Cricket Australia

Approved 22 April 2008, Cricket Australia is the sports controlling body for any cricket match or competition conducted under the jurisdiction or sponsorship of Cricket Australia.

Football Federation Australia Limited

Approved 30 July 2012, Football Federation Australia Limited (FFA) is the sports controlling body for the following sports betting events:

  • all football matches played in Australia between a national team representing Australia and a national team representing another nation (including junior and women’s teams)
  • all football matches played in Australia between football clubs that are members of the A-League, including the A-League pre-season, A-League regular season, A-League finals series, the National Youth League and W-League
  • all football matches played in Australia between a professional club that is a member of a national association other than FFA and either: 
  • a club who is a member of FFA
  • or another professional club that is a member of a national association other than the Football Federation Australia
  • all football matches played in Australia between two national associations who are members of Federation International de Football Association 
  • the football competitions conducted in each of the Australian states and territories by member federations of the FFA.
Hockey Australia

Approved 23 December 2019, Hockey Australia​ is the sports controlling body for any hockey match or competition controlled, organised or administered by Hockey Australia.

National Rugby League

Approved 6 May 2008, the National Rugby League is the sports controlling body for the control and regulation of all matches either solely or in conjunction with the Australian Rugby League.

Netball Australia

Approved 8 August 2012, Netball Australia is the sports controlling body for the following sports betting events:

  • all events controlled and regulated by Netball Australia
  • matches featuring the Australian Netball Diamonds
  • matches featuring the Australian FastNet Diamonds
  • ANZ Championship matches featuring the Australian teams.
Professional Golfers Association of Australia

Approved 15 July 2008, Professional Golfers Association of Australia is the sports controlling body for the control and regulation of all golf events.

Tennis Australia

Approved 19 August 2008, Tennis Australia  is the sports controlling body for the control and regulation of all tennis tournaments.

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