Authority to Conduct a Sweep or Calcutta - New South Wales


You need this authority to conduct a sweep or calcutta on an approved event or for entertainment purposes. Please be aware that this authority is only required if the total value of all prizes exceeds $30,000.

A sweep is a game in which a person (a player) buys a ticket for a chance to win, by lot, a participant (horse or other contestant) in an approved event. The prize pool is distributed to the players who hold the successful participants. A calcutta follows the same method as a sweep up to the completion of the draw, where an auction takes place at which all ticket purchasers are entitled to bid for each participant as it is offered. Approved events are outlined in the attached document and include the Melbourne Cup, Australian Open and Bathurst 1000.

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 authority, you must:

  • be 18 years of age or over
  • supply the details specified in the application form including a copy of the proposed ticket and a copy of the rules of conditions of entry into the competition
  • comply with the information described in the attached document.


One, three or five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $477.00

1 year. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $715.00

3 years. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $954.00

5 years. Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Community Gaming Act 2018 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Community Gaming Regulation 2020 New South Wales

Approval time

Applications will generally be assessed within 28 days.

Administering agency

Department of Customer Service

NSW Fair Trading

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.