Charitable Gaming - Approval to Conduct a Game - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this approval if you operate a charitable organisation and you intend to hold fundraising gaming nights. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Baccarat;
  • Blackjack;
  • Craps;
  • A lottery that is not approved; and
  • A pool betting competition.

You will not require this approval if you intend on conducting games of:

  • Backgammon;
  • Chess;
  • Bridge; or
  • Scrabble.

A charitable organisation is an association, society, institution or body carried on for a religious, educational, benevolent or charitable purpose, other than one carried on for the purpose of securing pecuniary benefits to its members. 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

To be eligible for this approval you must:

  • Be a suitable applicant and 18 years or over;
  • Have a charitable organisation that is considered suitable;
  • Not have been convicted or found guilty of an offence that contravenes the relevant legislation within 5 years prior to making your application;
  • Comply with other specified requirements; and
  • Pay the relevant fees.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


No longer than 12 months.



Other resources

Administering agency

ACT Gambling and Racing Commission

Act(s) name

Unlawful Gambling Act 2009 (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 6207 0359


02 6207 7372

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