Licence to Conduct Public Lotteries - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to conduct public lottery games. A public lottery is a game of chance, the winners of which are distributed prizes, including:

  • draw and instant lotteries
  • bingo
  • lotto
  • keno
  • poweball
  • soccer football pools.

In order to conduct a public lottery, you must obtain two specific licences. You must first obtain an Operator Licence, which grants you in-principle approval to conduct a public lottery. You must then obtain a Product Licence for any particular public lottery you intend to conduct. You may not obtain a Product Licence without first obtaining an Operator Licence.

Please consult the Contact Officer for 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 your corporation must demonstrate that:

  • you and each of your close associates are of good repute, and have a sound and stable financial background
  • you have, or have arranged, a satisfactory ownership or corporate structure
  • you have or are able to obtain financial resources that are both suitable and adequate for ensuring the financial viability of the lottery business
  • you have or are able to obtain the services of persons who have sufficient experience in the management and operation of a lottery business
  • you have sufficient business ability to establish and maintain a successful lottery business
  • you have sufficient technical expertise and resources to conduct lotteries of the kind to be conducted as part of the lottery business
  • neither you nor any of your close associates have any business association with any person, body or association who is not of good repute or has undesirable or unsatisfactory financial sources
  • each director, partner, executive officer and secretary and any other officer or person associated or connected with the ownership, administration or management of the operations of the lottery business is a suitable person to act in that capacity.

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


As specified on the licence.



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



Application for a Licence to Conduct Public Lotteries - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.



You may lodge your application in person or by mail.

Administering agency

Department of Industry
Liquor and Gaming NSW

Act(s) name

Public Lotteries Act 1996 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Public Lotteries Regulation 2016 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Trade Promotions and Lotteries
Department of Industry
Liquor and Gaming NSW

Operating address:
GPO BOX 7060
Sydney, New South Wales 2001
Operating address:
Level 6
323 Castlereagh Street
Haymarket, New South Wales 2000


1300 024 720

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