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27 November 2018

Gaming & wagering law

Gaming law

L&GNSW 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 Racing may authorise licensed bookmakers to conduct telephone and electronic betting at licensed racecourses or other approved premises.

The Minister for Racing 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 163.4 KB).

The TAB Declared Betting Events Betting Rules and Bookmaker Declared Betting Events Betting Rules (PDF 149.5 KB) set out the rules for betting on declared betting events, as well as any event specific rules.

The Betting Glossary of Terms (PDF 13.9 KB) defines the various form of betting available on racing and declared betting events in NSW.

Relevant Acts

Visit Legislation NSW for all Acts and Regulations.

Casino Control Act 1992

Gambling (Two-up) Act 1998

Gaming and Liquor Administration Act 2007

Gaming Machine Act 2001

Gaming Machine Tax Act 2001 (part only)

Lotteries and Art Unions Act 1901

Public Lotteries Act 1996

Registered Clubs Act 1976

Unlawful Gambling Act 1998