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Your Guide To Australian Competition Permits

Australia is one of the only countries in the world that has quite stringent rules around running competitions. There are two different types of competitions to consider:

Game of Skill - No Permit Required

A game of skill is any competition that does not use a random draw for the winner. Generally this would mean that you simply have a judge choose the best entry based on its merit, or having users vote publicly on entries then the one with the most votes wins.

Examples of Games of Skill:

  • Photo Judging Contest
  • Instagram Photo Contest
  • Explain in 25 words or less why you should win something
  • Any contest that has a voting mechanism (i.e. vote for the best entry)
  • User submitted contest contest
  • Any contest that is judged on merit

If you are using Gleam to run a contest that involves skill, then we have a handy feature that allows you to view all entries of that type so it's easier to pick your winner.

Game of Chance - Permit Required

If you are running a lottery, sweepstakes or a competition that requires a random draw to pick the winners then you may require a permit depending on the states your campaign is running in and the value of your prize. These promotions are often called Trade Promotion Lotteries.

Prize Less than $3,000

Competitions will require a permit in NSW regardless of prize value.

Prize More than $3,000

Competitions will require a permit in both NSW & ACT if your prize is worth less than $5,000 but more than $3,000.

Prize More Than $5,000

Competitions with a prize of more than $5,000 will require permits in SA, NSW, ACT & NT.

If you're looking to run your own competition, lottery or sweepstakes check out our Competitions app or play around with our demo competition below.

Breakdown By State

New South Wales

  • All Games of Chance that are open to residents of NSW require a trade promotion permit.
  • You can find out more about NSW trade promotion regulations and apply for a permit here.

Victoria

  • You do not require a trade promotion permit for any Games of Skill or Game of Chance.

South Australia

  • Trade promotion permits are required for Games of Chance open to SA residents if the prize is valued at $5,000 or more.
  • You can find out more about SA trade promotion regulations and apply for a permit here.

Australian Capital Territory

  • Trade promotion permits are required for Games of Chance open to ACT residents if the prize is valued at $3,000 or more.
  • You can find out more about ACT trade promotion regulations and apply for a permit here.

Northern Territory

  • Trade promotion permits are required for Games of Chance open to NT residents if the prize is valued at $5,000 or more. If
  • You can find out more about NT trade promotion regulations and apply for a permit here.

Western Australia

  • You do not require a trade promotion permit for any Games of Skill or Games of Chance that comply with prescribed conditions.
  • You can find out more about these prescribed conditions here.

Tasmania

  • You do not require a trade promotion permit for any Games of Skill or Games of Chance that comply with prescribed conditions.
  • You can find out more about these prescribed conditions here.

Permit FAQs

How Much do The Permits Cost?

The cost of the permits is different per state:

  • NSW: $80 (Prizes over $10,000 will cost more)
  • ACT: $216 (Prizes over $5,000 will cost more)
  • NT: $0
  • SA: $215 (Prizes over $10,000 will cost more)

Do You Need a Permit For Online Competitions?

Unfortunately yes, online competitions are treated the same as raffles & lotteries.

How Do I Apply For A Permit?

Each individual state has their own application process, you must fill in a PDF with the relevant details.

How Long Does it Take?

Allow up to 28 days to receive any permits.

How Long Does The Permit Last?

Normally 12 months, however the length varies by state.

Do I Need a Permit For Every Competition?

Currently NSW is the only state that allows you to buy a permit that will be valid for more than 1 competition.

How Can I Pick The Winners For my Random Draw?

Using Gleam automatically picks winners using Random.org which is certified to draw winners across Australian states.

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