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Wagering in NSW

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.

We closely monitor fixed odds and totalizator betting to ensure the integrity of wagering and commitment to responsible practices. Our aim is to protect the interests of the betting public as well as the betting industry and the government's revenue.

Wagering on sport, racing and declared betting events in NSW is conducted by TAB Limited and licensed NSW and interstate betting service providers. TAB Limited is licensed under the Totalizator Act 1997 to conduct totalizator and fixed odds wagering. TAB Limited is the exclusive provider of off-course retail betting services in NSW.

Betting service providers in NSW operate on racecourses and are licensed by the racing controlling bodies. Only individuals or a proprietary company can apply to conduct betting on the racecourse.

Licensed betting service providers who want to conduct betting by phone, internet or on declared betting events, must apply to Liquor & Gaming NSW (L&GNSW). They may also need similar approvals from the racing controlling bodies. With the appropriate approvals, betting service providers can also offer these services in a betting office located on the racecourse or in a premises located away from the racecourse.

The Minister for Racing has the ability to declare events that licensed betting service providers and TAB Limited are able to accept bets on. This can be any type of event or class of event, including sporting events but does not include a race or any event related to racing. The Minister for Racing can also prescribe the type of bets allowed on these events.

Licensed betting service providers and TAB Limited must adhere to rules approved by the Minister for Racing when accepting bets on declared betting events. These rules include general conditions that must be met when offering betting markets as well as event specific conditions and definitions.

Read:
Bookmaker Declared Betting Events Betting Rules (PDF 149.5 KB)

A licensed betting service provider (including TAB Limited) who holds an authority to conduct approved betting events may submit an application to the Minister for Racing to:

  • prescribe a new event or class of event as a ‘declared betting event’
  • permit a new type of bet to be made on an existing declared betting event.

The applicant is required to pay an application fee, and include information on:

  • rationale for prescribing the new event, class of event or type of bet as a declared betting event
  • whether betting is permitted in other jurisdictions on that event and, if so, the types of bets permitted in those jurisdictions
  • any other information that could be reasonably considered relevant to the Minister’s decision

Minister will take into consideration the following matters when determining whether to make the order:

  • the public interest, including whether it increase the level of gambling related harm
  • any potential impact on the integrity of the sporting event
  • if the order relates to a sporting event taking place in Australia, the views (if any) of the key persons or bodies involved in the administration of the sporting event.

Read: Declared betting events (PDF 180.6 KB) for further details on application requirements including how to apply to remove a bet type for a sporting event.

Additional application requirements for sporting events

If an application involves a sporting event, there are additional requirements to consult with the event organisers or an appropriate representative. These requirements depend on whether the event is overseen by a prescribed sports controlling body.

A list of sports controlling bodies is provided at the bottom of this page. Under the Betting and Racing Act 1998, the Minister must not make the order prescribing the event or bet type if the sports controlling body opposes the making of the order.

If there is a prescribed sports controlling body the applicant must provide:

  • a copy of the integrity agreement that is in place between the sports controlling body and the bookmaker or licensee applying for the order
  • details of the consultation that has taken place with the sports controlling body, including an indication of whether the sports controlling body supports the proposed new declared betting event or bet type.

If there is no prescribed sports controlling body the applicant must provide:

  • the name of the key persons or bodies involved in the administration of the sporting event.

if the sporting event takes place in Australia, evidence that the bookmaker or licensee who has applied for the order has taken reasonable steps to consult with the key persons or bodies involved in the administration of the sporting event, and a summary of the outcome of that consultation.

Below is a list of all prescribed sports controlling bodies in NSW and the events they oversee. All other sporting events are not overseen by a prescribed sports controlling body.

Australian Football League

Australian Football League (AFL) is the approved sports controlling body for sports betting on:

  • all AFL games that fall within the AFL pre-season competition
  • AFL Premiership season competition
  • AFL Finals series
  • Brownlow Medal vote count.

Basketball Australia

Basketball Australia is approved as the sports controlling body for sports betting on:

  • any basketball match or competition controlled, organised or administered by Basketball Australia including, but not limited to, National Basketball League and Women’s Basketball League games
  • games involving Australian National teams
  • international games or competitions conducted by Basketball Australia.

Bowls Australia

Bowls Australia is the approved sports controlling body for sports betting on:

  • Australian Premier League
  • Australian Open
  • Australian Indoor Championships
  • Australian Sides Championships
  • National Champion of Champions
  • events and tournaments conducted and controlled by Bowls Australia.

Netball Australia

Netball Australia is the approved sports controlling body for sports betting on:

  • all events controlled and regulated by Netball Australia
  • matches featuring the Australian Netball Diamonds
  • matches featuring the Australian FastNet Diamonds
  • ANZ Championship matches featuring the Australian teams.

Australian Rugby Union (ARU)

The Australian Rugby Union is the approved sports controlling body for sports betting on:

  • Super Rugby
  • matches featuring the Wallabies
  • men’s Australia Sevens matches
  • women’s Australia Sevens matches
  • Australia A matches
  • Australia under-20s matches
  • National Rugby Championship.

National Rugby Le ague (NRL)

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

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

​​Tennis Australia is the approved sports controlling body for sports betting, and is responsible for the control and regulation of all tennis tournaments.