Promotions and competitions
Page last updated:
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Lotteries, raffles and games of chance may be used by businesses to promote a particular product or service, to raise money for non-profit organisations or by registered clubs to increase membership.
Our office regulates the operation of community-based lottery activities in NSW, including common forms of promotions and competitions, known as community gaming, such as lotteries, raffles and games of chance.
Lotteries and Art Unions Regulation 2014
The new Lotteries and Art Unions Regulation 2014 has been made and it commenced on 1 September 2014. The regulation can be viewed on the NSW Legislation website.
Here is a link to the report on the outcome of the public consultation on the draft regulation.
Forms of community gaming permitted under the law are:
- raffles (including guessing competitions), no-draw lotteries (scratch, break-open lotteries), mini-numbers (lotto style games), art unions, football doubles and variations;
- Charity Housie, lucky envelopes, chocolate wheels;
- club bingo, promotional raffles;
- social housie;
- sweeps and calcuttas;
- football tipping competitions, hundred clubs; and
- trade promotion lotteries, gratuitous lotteries.
The promotions and competitions pages provide important information about the laws relating to lotteries, raffles and games of chance, how to apply for permits, community gaming in other states and territories and income tax provisions.
Approvals for permits for trade promotion lotteries can take up to 20 working days for online applications, and up to 25 working days for paper based applications.
Approvals for permits for other types of lotteries and games of chance (eg: Art Unions, Charity Housie, etc) can take up to 20 working days.
You can search a register of authorised lotteries and games of chance in NSW at
If you have an inquiry about trade promotion lotteries please phone (02) 9842 8188 or email us at email@example.com.
If you have an inquiry about charitable fundraising please phone (02) 9842 8188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
c/- NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing
Level 6, 323 Castlereagh Street
GPO BOX 7060
SYDNEY NSW 2001