Calcutta Sweepstakes Approval - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this approval from if intend to conduct a Calcutta sweepstakes. Calcutta sweepstakes are lotteries where the winner is determined by the outcome of a sporting contingency, such as a horse, harness or greyhound race (e.g. the Melbourne Cup) or AFL Brownlow Medal Count and usually involve the auctioning of drawn tickets.

Approval may be applied for by any club, society or other association. This approval is not transferable.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

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:

  • complete the application form and lodge with the Agency
  • provide a copy of the club's current rules of constitution
  • pay the prescribed application fee.

Approval is at the responsible Minister's discretion. The following matters will be taken into account:

  • whether your club or association is conducted in good faith
  • whether your club has contravened any laws relating to gaming or betting
  • the type of sporting event.

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

Ongoing requirements

The approval is subject to the following conditions:

  • Calcutta sweepstakes may only be conducted with respect to sporting contingencies.
  • Subscriptions may only be canvassed or made on the club premises.
  • Participation is limited to members and their guests.
  • No more than 5 percent of the profits may be kept by the club to cover expenses.
  • Calcutta sweepstakes may not be advertised except on the club premises or directly to club members.


Approvals are issued on a perpetual basis.


Licence has no expiry, it is perpetual.



Fees for 2016-17.



Please lodge your application form along with any associated documents directly with the Agency. You will need to attach the fee, as well as a copy of your club's constitution. If you are a not-for-profit incorporated association you will need to attach articles of association or a certificate of association.

Administering agency

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

Act(s) name

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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