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1 July 2019

Gaming and wagering law

Gaming law

Liquor & Gaming NSW is responsible for the implementation of government policies designed to balance sustainable business development with the need to reduce harms associated with problem gambling.

In the gaming area, L&GNSW  is responsible for:

  • advising in relation to the development and implementation of government policy
  • ensuring compliance
  • monitoring revenue collected from gaming activity
  • overseeing technical standards for gaming machines

The Office of Responsible Gambling and Responsible Gambling Fund Trust is responsible for administering the Responsible Gambling Fund, which funds services for problem gamblers.

Wagering law

Wagering is regulated in NSW under the Betting and Racing Act 1998 and the Totalizator Act 1997, which prescribe:

  • who may offer betting services
  • the events on which betting is permitted
  • requirements that betting service providers must comply with.

The Act provides that the Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation may authorise licensed bookmakers to conduct telephone and electronic betting at licensed racecourses or other approved premises.

The Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation can declare sports and other events as betting events in NSW. Declared events are listed in the: Schedule of Declared Betting Events and Approved Forms of Betting PDF, 274.62 KB.

This schedule forms part of the Bookmaker Declared Betting Events Betting Rules PDF, 149.52 KB.

The Betting Glossary of Terms PDF, 13.85 KB defines the various form of betting available.

In December 2015, changes were made to the application process and requirements for new declared betting events and bet types. For further information on these reforms, please see  Sports wagering in NSW

Relevant Acts

Visit Legislation NSW for all Acts and Regulations.