Did you know that running an online competition in Australia requires that you have the correct permits? I bet you didn’t. The rules vary from state to state, but below you’ll find the latest guidelines. (This information can change, so contact each state Lotteries Authority before you run an online competition).
The 2 most common types of promotions include Sweepstakes (chance-based promotion) & Contest (skill-based promotion).

New South Wales

A permit is required for all “game of chance” promotions in NSW regardless of prize value. If however the promotion is deemed to be a “game of skill”, then no permits are required.
More information on the OLGR website.

Victoria

A permit is not required for Victoria if the competition prize value is less than $5,000 AUD.
More information on the VCGR website.

Queensland

Permits are not required to run most online promotions or competitions in Queensland.
More information on the OLGR website.

ACT

Permits are required for all online promotions and competitions run in ACT.
More information on the GRC website.

South Australia

A permit is not required for South Australia if the prize is a “minor lottery” valued under $5,000 AUD. Where a promotion is deemed to be a “game of skill”, a permit is not required regardless of the prize value. If however there is any random element to the prize draw (even where an entrant has answered a game of skill question first, but a winner is then drawn randomly from all correct entries) a permit is required.
More information on the OLGC website.

Northern Territory

Permits are only required in the Northern Territory where the prize value for the online competition exceeds $5,000.
More information on the Dept of Justice NT website.

Tasmania

Permits are not required to run an online promotion or trade promotion in Tasmania regardless of the prize value.
More information on the DTF website.

Western Australia

Permits are not required to run an online competition in Western Australia as long as entry is free for the contestant.
More information on the DRGL website.