Guidelines for competitions and footy tipping
1. Entry into the competition must be FREE.
Where an entry fee is charged, the competition will be categorised as a “raffle” which necessitates RMIT obtaining a declaration from the Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation (“VCGR”) that it is a “genuine community or charitable organisation”. As RMIT has not sought to obtain such a declaration, entry fees into competitions should NOT be charged.
2. Prizes must not:
a. exceed $5000 in total retail value; and
b. include motor vehicles, motor bikes and travel.
If the total value exceeds this amount then a permit is required from the VCGR. If the prizes include those listed above, then certain legal obligations apply.
3. There must be NO element of chance in determining the prize winners.
The competition must be judged by reference to a skill/knowledge. If the prizes are drawn by lot, dice or some mode of chance then the competition is regarded as a “lottery” and certain strict conditions imposed by the VCGR apply.
4. The advertisement for the competition must contain the following information:
- how to enter
- conditions of entry
- start and closing dates
- when and where (date, time, location) lottery will be drawn
- details and value of all prizes
- how winners will be notified
- details of newspaper/journal in which winners names will be announced
- details of any additional purpose that the personal information collected from participants will be used for
5. All statements (written or oral) must be clear, true, factual, and not extravagant or involve predictions, not be contradictory, and prominently displayed.
6. Allow entrants opportunity to accept/reject participation in competition.
7. Always present the promoted gifts and prizes, not an alternative.
8. Never attach an additional condition to the competition after entry has closed.
10. Terms and conditions of entry to be simple and plain English.
1. All monies paid in are to be divided amongst the winners, without deductions for administering the competition.
2. No profit to be made from the competition.
3. Total prize pool must not exceed $5000. If exceeds this amount a permit is required from the VCGR and certain conditions attach to the conduct of the competition. Failure to conduct the competition without a permit where the prize pool exceeds $5000, will amount to an illegal lottery.[Next: Accountability]