​Cutting red tape for community gaming activities

12 September 2017

Charities, clubs, churches and other groups that run community lotteries and businesses running trade promotions are set to benefit from streamlined regulations being proposed by the NSW Government.

New laws for activities, such as raffles and art unions, will go before Parliament following a recent review of the Lotteries and Art Unions Act 1901.

Under the proposed changes, permits will no longer be needed for community gaming activities with prizes less than $30,000 and trade promotions with prizes less than $10,000.
The proposed changes will cut red tape and make it easier for community organisations to run low-risk gaming activities, such as chocolate wheels, lucky envelopes and charity housie games. 
Standards to ensure the integrity and proper conduct of gaming activities will remain, and operators will still need to keep records for compliance.
It’s also proposed that a civil penalties regime will be introduced for minor breaches of the regulations. Serious breaches of the regulations will continue to face criminal prosecution.
The changes follow a review of the Lotteries and Art Unions Act 1901 that found regulations for low-risk activities often put unnecessary administrative burdens on small community organisations.
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