Approval of Pool Betting Schemes - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this approval if you intend to operate, advertise or distribute entry forms for a pool betting competition in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

A pool betting competition involves a group of people contributing a fixed amount of money for the purpose of gambling on an event, usually sport related. The winners of the bet each receive an even share of the total amount that has been contributed to the pool. These types of pools are commonly conducted in the workplace for big sporting events and are also known as:

  • Sports lotteries;
  • Office sweeps; or
  • Office pools.

The conduct of more than one pool betting competition is known as a pool betting scheme.

If you intend to expand a scheme that already exists in another state, you may be required to form an agreement with your state and the ACT for the purpose of calculating whether a levy must be paid.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Please consult directly with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.



Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.



Approval of Pool Betting Schemes - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Administering agency

ACT Gambling and Racing Commission

Act(s) name

Pool Betting Act 1964 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

Enquiries, Licensing and Regulation
ACT Gambling and Racing Commission

Mailing address:
ACT Gambling & Racing Commission
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601


02 62070359


02 62077372


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