Gaming Function Permit
A gaming function permit may be approved for any of the following games provided the funds raised are not for private gain or commercial undertaking and the game is conducted in accordance with the approved rules (see below) and, in the case of poker, in line with the current policy :
Rules of the game(s):
The premises at which the gaming function will be conducted is required to be approved under section 55 of the Act.
Apply for a Gaming Function Permit here - including Approval of premises
Bingo is played with cards with each card having 15 numbers printed on it There are now electronic versions of the cards in use). Numbered balls (1-90) are drawn, or a random number generator is used to draw the numbers. When a number is drawn the players mark off that number (if they have it) on their card. The game is won by the first player to mark off a certain pattern of drawn numbers
A bingo permit may be issued to a sporting, community or charitable organisation to raise funds for an approved purpose. Bingo permits cannot be conducted for private gain or commercial undertaking.
The permit which may be issued for a maximum period of six months only authorises one session of bingo in any week with each playing date specified on the permit. An organisation may exercise two permits in the same week, being either two day sessions (three hour period between 9am and 7pm), two night sessions (three hour period commencing after 7pm and before 9am), or a combination of one day session and one night session provided the same premises are not used to conduct more than one day session and one night session in any 24 hour period.
The rules for the conduct of bingo are set out in Schedule 4 of the Gaming and Wagering Commission Regulations 1988. Division 5 of the Regulations (regulations 19 to 26) details other requirements for permitted bingo.
The premises at which the bingo permit will be conducted is required to be approved under section 55 of the Act.
Apply for a Bingo Permit - including Approval of premises
Senior Citizen's Bingo
The provisions of section 95(1)(a) and section 95(2)(a) of the Gaming and Wagering Commission Act ("the Act") provide for the issue of a bingo permit for a 12 month period without specifying the dates on which play takes place and where the bingo is conducted by or on behalf of a club the members of which are comprised wholly or mainly of persons who are senior citizens or pensioners, and persons participating in the game are members or the guests of members being persons of a like kind.
Bingo conduct under such a permit is referred to as senior citizens bingo and although the terms "senior citizen" and "pensioner" are not defined in the Act or Regulations a person who has reached 60 years of age is considered a senior citizen. A person is considered a pensioner after reaching the pensionable age of 65 years and retired.
For the purposes of permitted bingo, a club is defined in section 94(1) as to include any society, institution, organisation, association or other body of persons and any separate branch or section of such society, institution, organisation, association or body, but a branch or section shall not be treated as a separate branch or section unless it occupies separate premises.
Senior citizen bingo games are small games not open to the general public, but conducted by the club more as a social outing for its members, and in some cases as recreation for residents of retirement homes or age care facilities. Funds raised from the bingo cannot be used for private gain or any commercial undertaking but in many cases, all proceeds are returned as prizes, which is acceptable.
The premises at which the senior citizen bingo permit will be conducted is required to be approved under section 55 of the Act .
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Two-up may be played with coins or dice and it is immaterial whether the coins are thrown up into the air or down onto the ground. Two-up permits may be issued to sporting, charitable and community organisations outside a 100 km radius of Crown Perth Casino. Race clubs within a 100km radius may apply for Ministerial approval to conduct two-up under section 40 of the Gaming and Wagering Commission Act 1987. Requests of this nature require the consent of Crown Perth Casino and approval will only be considered for major special events, special occasions and other exceptional circumstances. Two-up permits cannot be conducted for private gain or commercial undertaking.
The premises at which the two-up permit will be conducted is required to be approved under section 55 of the Act.
Apply for a Two Up Permit - including Approval of premises
A standard lottery is another name for a raffle for which a permit is required. Tickers or chances in the lottery are offered for sale to the general public over an extended period and the lottery is decided after the cessation of ticket sales by the drawing of tickets or some other random means.
A standard lottery permit can be granted where the principal object of the lottery is the raising of funds for the active promotion, support or conduct of any sporting, social, political, literary, artistic, scientific, benevolent, charitable or other like activity. The lottery cannot be conducted for private gain or any commercial undertaking.
The rules for the conduct of standard lottery permits are set out in Schedule 4 of the Gaming and Wagering Commission Regulations 1988. Division 6 of the Regulations (regulations 27 to 31) details other requirements for standard lottery permits
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Standard Lottery Permit Information kit
Calcuttas originated in Calcutta, India at the beginning of the 19th century when the British introduced a form of wagering in connection with a horse race by “buying” a chance. The format had two components – a lottery (sweepstake) and an auction.
Regardless of whether a person drew a horse in the lottery, the ultimate holder of a particular horse became the person who was the successful bidder for that horse at the auction.
Where the drawer of a horse was the successful bidder, only half of the auction price was paid. If that person was an unsuccessful bidder they received half of the winning bid as the prize for being lucky in the first phase.
Monies raised from the sweepstake and net auction proceeds formed the prize pool. The organiser retained a small percentage of the prize pool and the remainder distributed, on a percentage basis, to the holders of the place getters in the race. Calcuttas have evolved to where there are also conducted on major sporting events such as professional golf tournaments and foot races.
Section 104(1c) of the Gaming and Wagering Commission Act provides for the issue of a calcutta permit to a race club or an approved club for fundraising purposes. A calcutta permit is a specific form of a standard lottery and other than the format of the activity all requirements of a standard lottery apply to a calcutta permit.
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A continuing lottery is a lottery in which tickets contain concealed pictures, figures, letters or other symbols which the ticket holder exposes to determine whether they have won a prize. They have been known as bingo tickets (a winning ticket spells bingo), beer tickets (winning tickets exchanged for beer) and break open tickets (the player “breaks open” the ticket to expose the concealed symbols).
Continuing lotteries have been conducted in Western Australia for over 30 years as a means of fundraising for community, sporting and charitable organisations. Continuing lottery tickets may be sold by means of a vending machine at licensed premises and also at bingo sessions. The conduct of a continuing lottery is lawful only if authorised by a permit. As with all other permit types, a continuing lottery cannot be conducted for private gain or commercial undertaking.
Division 2 of the Regulations (regulations 14 & 15) and Division 6 (regulations 32 to 36) detail the requirements for continuing lottery permits.
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Video Lottery Terminal
A video lottery terminal (VLT) is a machine which displays electronically on a video screen a depiction of a card displaying symbols, by reference to which prizes in the game played may be won. The concept is basically an electronic version of a continuing lottery and was introduced into Western Australia in 1996.
VLTs must be designed not to dispense cash where a prize is won, but to issue a docket displaying the value of the prize (or value of cumulative prizes) which is exchanged for cash. Also, winnimngs cannot be played off as credits.
A VLT permit may be issued to sporting, charitable and community organisations for fundraising purposes. A separate permit is required for each VLT. VLTs can only be placed in premises approved by the Gaming and Wagering Commission, usually licensed clubs, hotels, taverns and bingo premises. No more than 5 VLTs may be installed in any one premise.
VLTs can only be supplied by the holder of a valid gaming equipment supplier’s certificate for the category of sale and supply of VLTs. Each machine must display a registration plate issued by the Commission.
Division 4 of the regulations (regulation 18AA) detail the requirements for VLTs as does the Gaming and Wagering Commission’s policy
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In Western Australia, social gambling is not unlawful. This means that certain types of games can be conducted without a permit. However, there are strict conditions that exist within legislation that defines social gambling.
Specifically, section 64 of the Gaming and Wagering Commission Act 1987 defines social gambling as:
Does not jeopardise the mental, physical or moral welfare of any child under the age of 16; Does not contravene the requirements of the person responsible for the premises where the social gambling is taking place; Is not Two-Up; Is not a game that is restricted to being played at Crown Casino, in accordance with the Casino Control Act 1984; Is not a prohibited game in accordance with the Gaming and Wagering Commission Act 1987; Is a gaming which provides is equally favourable to all players participating in the game; Is gaming where the chances of winning lie fairly between one participant and all other players.
- Is spontaneous, notwithstanding that it may occur regularly, habitually or by arrangement between the people involved in the game;
- Is not promoted or conducted for the private gain of any person not participating in the gambling;
- Is conducted in a manner that ensures;
No person is defrauded or cheated;
No charge in money or money's worth is made in respect of the gambling, and that no levy are charged on the winnings of any player;
No money or money's worth that any player puts down as stakes, pays as losses, or exchanges for tokens used in the game, are used for any purposes other than payment to the participants in the game;