Bookmaker's Licence - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to operate as a bookmaker. Licences are available for individuals, partnerships and bodies corporate.

A bookmaker provides wagering (betting) services to the general public at race courses or sporting grounds. In order to conduct the activities of a bookmaker at a specific racing course or sporting ground, you must also have received permission from the authority that controls the course or grounds.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

This licence is available to individuals, partnerships and bodies corporate. To be eligible for this licence as an individual, you must:

  • be 18 years of age or over
  • not be bankrupt
  • have knowledge of the business of bookmaking and the legal obligations of bookmakers
  • not be a member of a partnership or occupy a position of authority within a body corporate that already holds a Bookmaker's Licence
  • be considered a fit and proper person to hold the licence.

To be eligible for this licence, a body corporate must provide evidence that:

  • it has a place of business or carries on business within Western Australia;
  • at least one of its directors has knowledge of the business of bookmaking and the legal obligations of bookmakers
  • no person holding a position of authority within the body corporate already holds a Bookmaker's Licence, is a member of a partnership which holds a Bookmaker's Licence, or holds a position of authority in another body corporate which holds a Bookmaker's Licence
  • no person holding a position of authority within the body corporate is under 18 years of age
  • no person holding a position of authority within the body corporate is bankrupt.

Additionally, every person who is to hold a position of authority within a body corporate which holds a Bookmaker's Licence must receive approval from the Agency prior to their appointment.

To be eligible for this licence, a partnership must provide evidence that:

  • none of its members are under 18 years of age
  • none of its members are bankrupt
  • none of its members already holds a Bookmaker's Licence, is a member of a partnership which holds a Bookmaker's Licence, or holds a position of authority in a body corporate which holds a Bookmaker's Licence
  • at least one of its members has knowledge of the business of bookmaking and the legal obligations of bookmakers
  • each of its members is a fit and proper person to hold the licence.

All applicants for this licence must also:

  • provide any documentation required by the Agency
  • submit the required form
  • pay the required fees.

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

Prerequisites

Duration

Annual.

Fees

 TypeAmountDescription
ApplyApplication$695.00
Licence

If your total turnover is:

  • Up to $250,000: $389;
  • Between $250,000 and $1,000,000: $793;
  • Greater than $1,000,000: $1,190.

Administering agency

Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor
Gaming and Wagering Commission

Act(s) name

Betting Control Act 1954 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Betting Control Regulations 1978 (Western Australia)

Contact details

Enquiries Officer
Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor
Gaming and Wagering Commission

Operating address:
Gordon Stephenson House
Level 2
140 William Street
Perth, Western Australia 6000
Mailing address:
PO BOX 6119
East Perth, Western Australia 6892

Toll Free:

1800 634 541

Phone:

08 6551 4888

Fax:

08 9325 1041

Supporting information

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