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We'll help your organisation stay compliant with the range of laws that can apply when fundraising or holding events across different states.

Content last updated 16/09/2022

Raffles and trade promotions

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What is a raffle and trade promotion?

Gaming activities like raffles and trade promotions are popular fundraising tools.  

What is a raffle? 

A raffle is a lottery where people buy tickets for a chance to win the prizes offered in the raffle. 

What is a trade promotion? 

A trade promotion is where an organisation, (whether it is a business, community or charitable organisation) promotes its products or services or purpose by offering prizes to winners.  

With raffles and trade promotions, there is normally an element of chance, like a random draw from entries. 

Gaming activities, like raffles and trade promotions, are often highly regulated and, depending on which states and territories you are running them in, may require permits and reporting. 

Arranging a raffle or trade promotion often involves significant lead times and administration . This may impact on the attractiveness of these activities for your organisation. 


If your promotion crosses state boundaries, you may need to comply with the regimes in multiple states. 

Holding a raffle or trade promotion in each state or territory

Our fact sheets outline the requirements to conduct raffles and trade promotions in each state and territory.

The fact sheets cover: 

  • what is a raffle, what laws are relevant, who regulates raffles? 
  • raffle permit application requirements 
  • legal obligations for holding a raffle and requirements for raffle prizes 
  • ongoing record-keeping obligations and how raffle ticket sales are treated for tax purposes 
  • what is a trade promotion lottery? 
  • when is a permit needed for a trade promotion and how do you get one? 
  • issues to consider when running online trade promotions, and 
  • national trade promotions 

The content on this webpage was last updated in March 2022 and is not legal advice. See full disclaimer and copyright notice.

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