Queensland Raffle Rules
Raffles are a time honoured and popular way to raise funds for your favourite cause. A raffle could be loosely defined as any game of chance where there is a limited number of tickets sold, and where each ticket has the same chance of winning as every other ticket sold. But as you know, there are a million and one ways to go about a raffle. From parking a wheelbarrow full of goodies outside the local shops, to raffling off fancy houses on the Gold Coast, to a good old Friday night chook raffle or meat tray draw at the pub (yes, chook raffles are still alive and well).
In fact you could be forgiven for thinking that the only limits on running a raffle are the number of helpers you can rope in, and your imagination. But you would be wrong.
Raffles are classified by all Australian States and Territories as ‘gaming’ and, alongside casinos and licensed clubs, raffles are subject to regulation designed to protect the consumer, and the people conducting the gaming. The maze of legislation and regulation which surrounds raffles can be very daunting to the small community based fundraiser [or, for that matter, to the editor. Ed.], and I would not be surprised if some raffles had been still-born in the face of it.
As the best way to avoid accidentally breaking gaming laws is to be informed, we thought it would be useful to assemble a quick-reference guide to raffle regulations in Queensland.
A note of caution: this article is intended only as a general guide. Whilst the information provided is correct, to the best of our knowledge, at the time of publication, we strongly advise anyone who is planning to conduct a raffle to seek the advice of the regulating authority below.
Regulating Agency: Queensland Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation
Raffles are technically known as ‘Art Unions’ in Queensland, and are classified according to the gross proceeds (total ticket sales) they anticipate making.
A Category 1 Art Union (raffle) is one whose sales are up to $2,000.
A Category 2 Art Union (raffle) is one whose sales are between $2,001 and $20,000.
There are four categories in total.
- No permit is required to conduct Category 1 or Category 2 raffles.
- ‘Eligible organisations’ may conduct a raffle up to $20,000 in sales without a permit. Refer to the OLGR website for a definition of ‘eligible organisations’.
- The total value of prizes in any raffle must be at least 20% of the estimated gross proceeds (total ticket sales). E.g. if gross ticket sales are $1000, the prize value must be NO LESS THAN $200 in total.
- If a Category 1 or 2 raffle is not conducted and drawn on the same day, the tickets must have the name and either the address or telephone number of the entrant legibly written on the ticket butt, or legibly recorded in another way that enables each prize winner to be identified.
- Cash prizes may not exceed $10,000 for Category 1 and 2 raffles.
- There is no restriction on minors selling raffle tickets. However, a person conducting a Category 1, 2 or 3 raffle cannot sell a ticket to a minor if the prize includes liquor or a gaming product.