Calcutta Sweepstakes Approval - Victoria


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.

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.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

The approval is subject to the following conditions:

  • Calcutta sweepstakes may only be conducted with respect to sporting contingencies.
  • Subscriptions may be canvassed or made only on the club premises.
  • Participation is limited to club 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.
  • Calcutta sweepstakes must be conducted in accordance with the regulations (if any).


Approvals are issued on a perpetual basis.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $54.90

Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Gambling Regulation Act 2003 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Gambling Regulations 2015 Victoria

Application process


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.


This approval is not transferable.

Administering agency

Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions

Office of Racing

Contact details

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