Western Australian Race Fields Legislation

Racing and Wagering Legislation Amendment Act 2009

The Racing and Wagering Legislation Amendment Act 2009 establishes a licensing framework and associated conditions for the publication or use of WA race fields by betting operators.

Racing Bets Levy Act 2009

The Racing Bets Levy Act 2009 allows for regulations to prescribe the amount of levy payable under the Betting Control Act 1954 by domestic and offshore betting operators.

Bookmakers Betting Levy Amendment Act 2009

As a consequence of the Racing Bets Levy Act 2009, the Bookmakers Betting Levy Amendment Act 2009 abolishes the 2 per cent betting levy payable on horse and greyhound racing that was payable to race clubs registered with Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) by bookmakers licensed under the Betting Control Act 1954.

Racing Bets Levy Regulations 2009

On 1 October 2014, a differential racing bets levy structure was introduced, the turnover threshold was increased and changes were made to the manner in which premium racing is determined in Western Australia.

The turnover threshold was increased from $2.5 million to $3 million and a levy of only 1% applies to turnover up to this amount. The threshold is applied on a racing year basis.

The new differential levy rates, which only apply once the threshold is reached, are as follows:

  • Pari-mutuel bets placed on standard race meetings levied at 1.5% of turnover;
  • Pari-mutuel bets placed on premium race meetings levied at 2.5% of turnover;
  • Betting exchange bets placed on standard race meetings levied at 1.5% of turnover;
  • Betting exchange bets placed on premium race meetings levied at 2.5% of turnover;
  • Non betting exchange fixed odds bets placed on standard race meetings levied at 2% of turnover;
  • Non betting exchange fixed odds bets placed on premium race meetings levied at 3% of turnover.

A higher levy applies across all race codes and to any race meeting that is determined to be a premium race meeting. Premium race meetings are defined in the regulations on the basis of the value of stake money, as follows:

  • Thoroughbred racing – any meeting that contains at least one race with stake money of $100,000;
  • Harness racing – any meeting that contains at least one race with stake money of $50,000;
  • Greyhound racing – any meeting that contains at least one race with stake money of $30,000.

Wagering operators who generate turnover of less than $1,000 in any month will continue to be exempted from paying a levy in that month.

Gaming and Wagering Commission Amendment Regulations (No. 2) 2009

The Gaming and Wagering Commission Amendment Regulations (No. 2) 2009 prescribe that the Gaming and Wagering Commission ('the Commission') is to make payments from the Racing Bets Levy Account at intervals of one month; that is, the end of each month. These Regulations also establish consumer protection principles in relation to gambling advertising.

Betting Control Amendment Regulations (No. 5) 2009

The purpose of the Betting Control Amendment Regulations (No. 5) 2009 is to:

  • facilitate the lodging of returns and payment of the racing bets levy to the Commission;
  • provide the Commission, or an officer of RWWA approved by the Commission, information relating to wagering activity in order to preserve the integrity and reputation of racing in Western Australia; and
  • repeal regulations that are no longer considered relevant in relation to the WA race fields legislative framework.

Last updated: 25/08/2015 14:44:49 PM

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