Bingo is played using game cards called bingo cards, with at least 15 numbered squares.
The caller randomly selects a number and players mark or cover the number if it is on their card. The first person to mark all the numbers on their card wins.
Fundraising bingo sessions can only be conducted by an association such as a charity, social club, political party, registered club, sporting club or trade union.
A licence is needed if the gross proceeds are more than $500 per session.
- be the same price
- give an equal chance of winning
- be kept in a secure place.
- be aimed people aged less than 18 years or show them gambling
- exaggerate the prizes or suggest the chance of winning is better than it really is
- suggest that someone’s skill means a better chance of winning
- imply that the lottery can increase social, sexual or employment opportunities.
- link the lottery with drinking too much alcohol
- exaggerate the connection between the lottery and how the proceeds will be used
- suggest that the lottery can fix personal or financial problems or to cover expenses.
- tobacco products
- firearms, antique firearms and ammunition
- dangerous articles and prohibited weapons
- cosmetic surgery or similar procedures.
- goods or services that are illegal to sell in South Australia.
- be less than 20% of the gross proceeds (less the amount allowed for a jackpot) per session
- jackpot more than 10% of the gross proceeds of the session
- be added to the next session if no-one wins.
- promoting literature, science or the arts
- a religious, educational, charitable or benevolent
- providing medical treatment or promoting the interests of someone who has a particular physical, mental or intellectual disability
- establishing, running or improving a community centre
- promoting the interests of a local community or group
- sport, recreation or amusement
- promoting animal welfare
- conserving resources or preserving the environmental, historical or cultural heritage of South Australia
- promoting the interests of students or education staff
- political purpose
- promoting the common interests of people connected to a business, trade or industry.
Banking and record keeping
- bingo cards
- proceeds for each game
Applying for a bingo licence
Contact Consumer and Business Services
91 Grenfell Street
GPO Box 1719
Adelaide SA 5001