Apply for a lottery licence

An application can only be made by an association or by someone aged 18 years or older acting on its behalf.

If the lottery will also run in another state or territory, contact them about their licensing requirements.

Make sure you attach all the relevant supporting evidence - what you'll need.

Lodge the application at least 14 days before the lottery begins.

Fee: $9.35

Other ways to apply

What you’ll need

  • a copy of proposed ticket and book cover design
  • the terms and conditions of entry and participation
  • copies of any contracts you have with a commission or fundraising agent
  • details about whether the association will have the prizes before ticket sales start
  • the value of prizes such as collector’s items or major second-hand articles.

Associations applying for a licence for the first time also need to include:

  • a copy of the association’s constitution
  • names and addresses of management committee members
  • the number of financial members.

What happens next

Consumer and Business Services will contact you when your licence is approved.

An application can be refused if:

  • the prizes include banned goods or services
  • any gift, reward or benefit related to the lottery includes banned goods or services
  • the applicant has conducted a major lottery that was not financially viable and the minister considers another major lottery also a problem
  • the terms and conditions for an unclaimed prize don’t give the winner a reasonable chance to claim it.

Change or cancel a licence

Change a licence

Consumer and Business Services (CBS) must approve any changes to a lottery licence. A written request must be made to CBS with the reasons for the change.

In special circumstances, you can ask to have a lottery rule left out. It will only be allowed if it's fair to all participants. Extra conditions may need to be added to your licence.

Cancel a licence

A licence can be cancelled or suspended if:

  • information given on the application was not accurate
  • legislation is not followed
  • licence conditions are not met
  • the prizes include banned goods or services
  • any gift, reward or benefit related to the lottery includes banned goods or services
  • the association does not follow advertising rules
  • the lottery has become financially unviable.

If the lottery is not or will not be financially successful, the association must write to CBS and ask to cancel the lottery. The letter must give a reason, the date ticket sales will stop, how ticket holders and the public will be notified, and how ticket buyers will be refunded.

Contact CBS

Online: Contact CBS

Phone131 882

In person:
91 Grenfell Street
Adelaide

Post:
GPO Box 1719
Adelaide SA 5001


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Page last updated 26 November 2019

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