Lotteries Act 1997 - Queensland

Service summary

Object or Purpose of this legislative Instrument:

The objective of this Act is to ensure that, on balance, the State and the community as a whole benefit from lotteries.

The balance is achieved by allowing lotteries subject to a system of regulation and control designed to protect players and the community through:

  • ensuring the integrity and fairness of games;
  • ensuring the probity of those involved in the conduct of lotteries; and
  • minimising the potential for harm lotteries.

The legislation provides a regulatory framework for the operation of commercial lotteries in Queensland.

Scope of this legislative Instrument:

The Act identifies authorised lotteries and provides that lotteries may only be conducted by a person authorised to do so under a primary licence.

It also provides for a lottery operator to enter into agency agreements with persons whom it authorises as agents for the conduct of lotteries.

The Act also explains how lotteries are to be conducted by the primary licensee and their agents and identifies offences and penalties imposed.

The following Subordinate Legislation should be examined:

  • Lotteries Regulation 1997
  • Lotteries Rule 1998

The following Guides or Booklets are available:

You can obtain Agency Information and Application Kits and Agency Manuals by contacting the agency.

A variety of booklets explaining how the games are played is also published by the Golden Casket.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.


Appeal process


Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties

Fines are imposed for a variety of offences committed against the Act.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation
Licensing Branch

Contact details

Director, Licensing
Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation
Licensing Branch

Operating address:
63 George Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 180
City East
Queensland 4002


13 QGOV (13 74 68)


07 3872 0957


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