Liquor and Gaming NSW > Gaming & Wagering



Liquor & Gaming NSW regulates how community-based lotteries and competitions operate in NSW under th​​e Lotteries and Art Unions Act 1901​ and the Lotteries and Art Unions Regulation 2014 and the ​Public Lotteries Act 1996 and Regulation​.

Competition include common forms of community gaming, lotteries, competitions, raffles and other games of chance.

Competitions are a popular and effective way for businesses, not-for-profit organisations and registered clubs to promote a product or service, raise money, or increase membership.

Community gaming

Forms of community gaming permitted under the law include:

  • raffles (including guessing competitions)​
  • promotional raffles
  • no-draw lotteries (scratch, break-open lotteries)
  • trade promotion lotteries
  • gratuitous lotteries
  • mini-numbers (lotto style games)
  • art unions
  • football doubles and variations
  • football tipping competitions
  • sweeps and calcuttas
  • charity housie
  • social housie
  • lucky envelopes
  • chocolate wheels
  • club bingo

More information

Public register

You can search a register of authorised lotteries and games of chance for details about any competition permits we have issued.

Lotteries and Art Unions Act 1901

You can read the Lotteries and Art Unions Act 1901.

The Act is the principle statute that regulates how people operate minor gaming, or community-based lotteries in NSW, such as raffles and bingo.

Lotteries and Art Unions Regulation 2014

You can read the Lotteries and Art Unions Regulation 2014​, which came into force on 1 September 2014. This legislation relates to lotteries, raffles, and games of chance in NSW.

Charitable fundraising

NSW Fair Trading took over responsibility for administering the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991 on 1 July 2015. The Act outlines how an organisation can legally conduct charitable fundraising activities.

If you have any queries about charitable fundraising please contact NSW Fair Trading on 13 32 20.

Contact us

Please contact us if you have an inquiry about community gaming including:

Trade promotion lotteries

Phone 1300 024 720


Street address

Liquor & Gaming NSW
Level 6, 323 Castlereagh Street
Haymarket NSW 2000

Postal address

Liquor & Gaming NSW
GPO Box 7060
Sydney NSW 2001