Remaking laws for racing and wagering in NSW

Liquor & Gaming NSW seeks your feedback on the laws relating to racing and wagering in NSW.

In NSW, businesses conducting wagering and racing are regulated by the:

  • Betting and Racing Act 1998 and Betting and Racing Regulation 2012
  • Totalizator Act 1997 and Totalizator Regulation 2012.

The current Regulations will be repealed on 1 September 2022. Remaking the Regulations that support these Acts lets us consider public input on how to improve, modernise and streamline the laws so they continue to work effectively.

The proposed Regulations keep many of the existing rules for businesses conducting wagering and racing activities, but are updated to improve clarity, logic and flow. In addition to this, some of the key changes include:

  • strengthening harm minimisation principles and responsible gambling practices, such as specifying some inducements
  • improving compliance – for example, introducing certain penalty notices for the first time
  • adjusting fee collection annually for inflation
  • changes to the way totalizator betting service providers notify the Minister.

For more information and a deeper understanding the proposed changes, the following documents are available:

Betting and Racing Regulation

Totalizator Regulation

We want to hear from people interested in wagering and racing reforms. Whether you are a member of the public, represent legal rights, health and community group or association, local council, betting service provider, industry peak body and association member, or a racing and sport controlling body member, we’d like to know your views.

Your feedback/submission will help us better understand the impact of the proposed changes on industry, community and government.

Liquor & Gaming NSW seeks your feedback on the laws relating to racing and wagering in NSW.

In NSW, businesses conducting wagering and racing are regulated by the:

  • Betting and Racing Act 1998 and Betting and Racing Regulation 2012
  • Totalizator Act 1997 and Totalizator Regulation 2012.

The current Regulations will be repealed on 1 September 2022. Remaking the Regulations that support these Acts lets us consider public input on how to improve, modernise and streamline the laws so they continue to work effectively.

The proposed Regulations keep many of the existing rules for businesses conducting wagering and racing activities, but are updated to improve clarity, logic and flow. In addition to this, some of the key changes include:

  • strengthening harm minimisation principles and responsible gambling practices, such as specifying some inducements
  • improving compliance – for example, introducing certain penalty notices for the first time
  • adjusting fee collection annually for inflation
  • changes to the way totalizator betting service providers notify the Minister.

For more information and a deeper understanding the proposed changes, the following documents are available:

Betting and Racing Regulation

Totalizator Regulation

We want to hear from people interested in wagering and racing reforms. Whether you are a member of the public, represent legal rights, health and community group or association, local council, betting service provider, industry peak body and association member, or a racing and sport controlling body member, we’d like to know your views.

Your feedback/submission will help us better understand the impact of the proposed changes on industry, community and government.

  • Thank you for your feedback

    This engagement closed on 24 June 2022.

    Thank you to participants for your contribution which we are currently reviewing.

    We may be in touch with some of you to discuss specific aspects of your submission (if you gave permission) and will post any final reports, including findings and recommendations here when available.

    Your feedback is very important to us as it will help shape Government policy, including the Betting and Racing Regulation 2022 and Totalizator Regulation 2022.

    It is intended that the proposed Regulations will be finalised and published on the NSW Legislation website to enable it to commence on 1 September 2022.