We are responsible for advising the NSW Government in relation to wagering policy, associated legislation, and strategies for reducing the harms associated with problem gambling.
Through our inspection program we closely monitor bookmaker and totalizator betting to ensure the integrity of wagering and adherence to responsible practices. This program aims to protect the interests of the betting public as well as the betting industry and the government's revenue.
Wagering on sport in New South Wales is conducted by TAB Limited and licensed NSW and interstate licensed bookmakers.
With respect to declared events betting, TAB Limited and bookmakers operate under separate - but similar - sets of Rules.
Under the Rules, betting disputes are first referred to the bookmaker who accepted the bet from the consumer. If the dispute cannot be resolved, it is then referred to the Sports Betting Disputes Panel (except in the Northern Territory, where the dispute is referred to the Northern Territory Racing Commission).
The following organisations have been prescribed as Sports Controlling Bodies in NSW:
The Australian Football League (AFL) is the approved sports controlling body for sports betting purposes for the following sports betting events:
all AFL games that fall within the AFL pre-season competition
AFL Premiership season competition
AFL Finals series
Brownlow Medal vote count.
Basketball Australia is approved as the sports controlling body for sports betting purposes for the following sports betting events:
Bowls Australia is the approved sports controlling body for sports betting purposes for the following sports betting events:
Netball Australia is the approved sports controlling body for the following sports betting events:
The Australian Rugby Union is the approved sports controlling body for the following sports betting events:
The National Rugby League is the approved sports controlling body and is responsible for the control and regulation of all matches, either solely or in conjunction with the Australian Rugby League.
Cricket Australia is the approved sports controlling body and is responsible for any cricket match or competition conducted under the jurisdiction or sponsorship of Cricket Australia.
Tennis Australia is the approved sports controlling body for sports betting purposes, and is responsible for the control and regulation of all tennis tournaments.
Authorities for sports betting, telephone and electronic betting are issued to licensed bookmakers by the Minister under the Betting and Racing Act 1998.
Under section 18, the Minister determines the range of declared betting events upon which Tabcorp and licensed bookmakers may offer betting.
Read more about applications for declared betting events:
NSW has implemented important reforms to secure integrity of gambling on sporting and racing events and reduce the harms associated with problem gambling. The reforms impose new prohibitions on gambling advertising in NSW during sporting events, and amend existing criminal offences relating to the advertising of gambling inducements.
Gambling advertising must not encourage a person to participate, or participate frequently, in gambling activity, including the opening of a betting account.
From 1 March 2016, it will be an offence to publish certain types of gambling advertising during live sporting fixtures. The offence prohibits any person from publishing gambling advertising during a sporting fixture (e.g. a single match, game, contest or fight) where:
Once a sports controlling body is prescribed in NSW, the name of that sports controlling body and details as to the scope of the prescription will be published on the Liquor & Gaming NSW website.
The offence prohibits the publication of gambling advertising from the start to the finish of the sporting fixture in question, including during scheduled and unscheduled breaks. Warm-ups, presentations and entertainment that occurs pre and post-game is not considered to be part of the sporting fixture.
The offence does not apply to a sporting fixture scheduled to take place over a period exceeding four hours or that takes place on multiple days.
Advertisements, to the extent that they are published on the internet or in a premises which people attend specifically to gamble (e.g. a hotel, registered club, racing club or TAB retail outlet), are also exempt.
In addition, this offence does not apply to a race as defined in the Betting and Racing Act 1998. This includes a horse race, harness race or greyhound race.
The offence applies to any person who publishes the prohibited advertising, including a wagering operator, broadcaster, commentator or any other person.
Further information on this reform, including information on specific types of advertising that are captured by the offence, is contained in the FS3041 In-play gambling advertising fact sheet (PDF, 215KB).
Gaming & Wagering law
FS3047 Sports betting reforms - fact sheet (PDF, 207KB)
FS3048 Publication of gambling advertising - fact sheet (PDF, 148KB)
FS3041 In-play gambling advertising - fact sheet (PDF, 215KB)