Effective from 1 July, the NSW Community Gaming Act 2018 and Community Gaming Regulation 2020 has replaced the Lotteries and Art Unions Act.
The legislation covers low-risk games involving an element of chance played for charitable, social, not-for-profit and trade-promotion purposes, such as art unions, lotteries, sweeps, club bingo, and raffles.
Key changes include:
- Replacing activity-based permits with duration-based authorities (one, three, and five years)
- Increasing thresholds to require only gaming activities with high total prize values to hold an authority
- Removing the cap on ticket prices for permitted gaming activities
- Introducing a less prescriptive 'rules' scheme that allows operators to set their own conditions for gaming activities
- Prescribing general fairness and accountability provisions that require operators to conduct gaming activities with integrity, and
- Introduction of penalty infringement notice offences when the laws are not followed.