Racing, gaming and wagering

The department is responsible for the regulation of the community gaming, casino gaming and racing industries.

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Gaming

The main role of the department in relation to the gaming industry is to provide executive support to the Gaming and Wagering Commission of Western Australia which is responsible for administering the Gaming and Wagering Commission Act 1987 and the Casino Control Act 1984.

The department is responsible for the regulation of the community gaming , casino gaming and racing industries through the provision of:

  • A rigorous licensing system.
  • The conduct of audits and inspections.

Apply for a gaming licence

Applying for gaming licences, permits, conditions including fees and charges.

Renew a licence

Sign into the online portal to renew a gaming licence.

Fees and charges

A list of fees and charges for gaming applications.

Casino licences

Applying for casino employee licences including fees and charges.

Gaming financial returns

How to lodge gaming returns.

Gaming types

Gaming types permitted in Western Australia.

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.

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.

Gaming and lottery types

Gaming Community Trust Grants Program

The Gaming Community Trust was established in 2002 to provide advice and make recommendations to the Minister for Racing and Gaming on the distribution of funds and grants for the general benefit of the community.

The funds administered by the Gaming Community Trust are derived from unclaimed winnings that are payable from:

  • the conduct of gaming or betting that is authorised by the Gaming and Wagering Commission Act 1987; or
  • the conduct of a gaming operations at Crown Casino.

In order for those winnings to be made available by the Gaming Community Trust, a minimum of 12 months must have elapsed after the right for the winnings to paid has past.

Racing

Apply for a racing licence

Applying for racing licences, permits, conditions including fees and charges.

Racing Bets Levy

How to lodge your Racing Bets Levy.

Telephone betting

Lodgement guide for conducting telephone betting on sports or racing events.

Internet betting

Lodgement guide for conducting internet betting on sports or racing events.

Race Fields

Betting operators who engage in or conduct betting on Western Australian races are authorised to publish/use Western Australian race fields.

Racing policies

Ensuring that community gaming stakeholders and the industry meet their regulatory obligations.

The main role of the department in relation to the racing industry is facilitating and providing executive support to the Gaming and Wagering Commission of Western Australia, which is responsible for administering the Betting Control Act 1954, the Racing and Wagering Western Australia Act 2003, the Racing Bets Levy Act 2009, the Gaming and Wagering Commission Act 1987 and the Racing and Wagering Western Australia Tax Act 2003.

The department's responsibilities in relation to the racing industry include:

  • Collecting and disbursing the racing bets levy.
  • Auditing TAB agencies and processing the applications for bookmakers.
  • Bookmakers' staff.
  • Telephone betting operations.
  • Designated sporting events.
  • Internet betting operations.
  • Licence applications for key RWWA employees on behalf of the Gaming and Wagering Commission of Western Australia.

Racing and Wagering Western Australia

In May 2002, the State Government restructured the racing industry governance system in Western Australia.

The restructure involved merging the principal club functions of the Western Australian Turf Club, the Western Australian Trotting Association and the Western Australian Greyhound Racing Authority, in conjunction with the off-course betting activities of the TAB, into a single controlling authority.

That authority is known as Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) and it is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership in the development, integrity and welfare of the racing industry in Western Australia to ensure its competitiveness and long-term commercial viability for the benefit of industry stakeholders.

Racing and Wagering Western Australia

Page reviewed 30 July 2019