Approval from the responsible Government Minister is required for a casino operator to offer or conduct a betting competition (either with fixed odds or conducted on a totalisator). The approval may be given for a betting competition for either:
- a horse race, harness race, or greyhound race
- any other race, fight, game, sport or exercise, or any other event or contingency of any kind.
Crown Melbourne limited currently holds the only casino licence. The licence will not expire until 2033.
A casino operator cannot seek approval for a betting competition:
- if the holder of the wagering licence or the wagering operator is proposing to conduct wagering on that race
- if, in the opinion of the Minister, the event is offensive or contrary to the public interest
- that is played on a gaming machine
- that is a club keno game.
Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
- Betting rules must be in force that comply with the prescribed requirements.
- Only persons present in the casino may take part in an approved betting competition.
- The use of a totalisator must be approved by the Agency.
- A betting competition tax is payable to the State as determined by the prescribed formula.
As specified on the approval.
An application fee is determined by the Agency, please contact them for more information.
An annual tax is required from the betting competition. The fee varies depending on the nature of the competition.
Please contact the Agency for more information.
Betting Competitions in a Casino Approval Application - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.
Please lodge your application directly with the Agency.
Department of Justice and Regulation
Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation
Casino Control Act 1991 (Victoria)
Gambling Regulations 2015 (Victoria)
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