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What is Gaming?

Gaming is defined in the Gaming and Wagering Commission Act 1987 as "the playing of a game of chance for winnings in money or money's worth, whether any person playing the game is at risk of losing any money or money's worth or not."

A 'game of chance' includes a pretend game of chance, or a pretended game which includes a degree of chance, whether or not combined with a skill or degree of skill.

A game of chance does not include any athletic game or sport.

In Western Australia, the Gaming and Wagering Commission Act 1987, provides for the issue of permits to charitable groups, sporting bodies and community-based, not-for-profit organisations for the purpose of raising funds from gaming related activities.

Permits may be approved for various gaming types including:

There are also a number of other gaming activities that may be conducted for fund raising purposes that do need to require a permit. These are covered under sections 103, 107 and 108 of the Gaming and Wagering Commission Act 1987 and include minor raffles, chocolate wheels, number based games and even mouse racing. However, there are strict requirements and monetary limits on these types of activities so if you are uncertain, whether the gaming activity you propose to conduct is lawful, please contact the Department here and ask to speak to a Customer Services Officer in the Gaming team.

Last updated: 23/05/2016 15:16:33 PM

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