Registration as a Bookmaker - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this registration if you intend to operate as a bookmaker. A bookmaker provides wagering services to the general public at race courses, sporting grounds or an approved off-course premise. They take bets or wagers on behalf of racing punters, and issue winnings.

Registration is available for individuals, partnerships and companies.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

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 registration you must:

  • be at least 18 years old, or nominate an individual over 18 years old if applying on behalf of a corporation
  • submit an application on the approved form
  • provide a Responsible Gambling Code of Conduct that you intend to implement if registered
  • submit to a National Police Check
  • provide any other documentation as required by the Agency
  • provide a financial security deposit
  • have appropriate bond arrangements in place
  • provide finger and palm prints
  • pay any required fees.

Registration is at the discretion of the Agency. The Agency will take into account a range of matters including:

  • your reputation, and the reputation of any associates
  • for corporate applicants, whether you have a satisfactory ownership, trust or corporate structure
  • for corporate applicants, the suitability of all directors, partners trustees, executive officers and secretaries.

If you hold a licence in another State or Territory, and intend to conduct the work in Victoria, your licence may be recognised under the mutual recognition system.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Ongoing requirements

You will need to abide by all industry standards and codes of practice, and any restrictions or conditions placed on your registration by the agency.


Five years, unless otherwise specified on the registration.



There is currently no fee for this application.

Other resources



Please lodge your application form with the Agency, accompanied with a Certificate of Registration of a Business Name; a Certificate of Police Check; Personal Credit File; Tax Return and Notice of Assessment for the last three years; and 2 colour passport photos.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Regulation
Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation

Act(s) name

Racing Act 1958 (Victoria)

Gambling Regulation Act 2003 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Gambling Regulations 2015 (Victoria)

Contact details

Licensing Officer
Department of Justice and Regulation
Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation

Operating address:
49 Elizabeth Street
Victoria 3121
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 1988
Melbourne, Victoria 3001


1300 182 457


03 9651 3777


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