Minister: Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment
Agency: Queensland Treasury


Wagering Act 1998


Queensland Crest
Wagering Act 1998
Queensland Wagering Act 1998 Current as at [Not applicable] Indicative reprint note This is an unofficial version of a reprint of this Act that incorporates all proposed amendments to the Act included in the Betting Tax Bill 2018. This indicative reprint has been prepared for information only— it is not an authorised reprint of the Act . The point-in-time date for this indicative reprint is the introduction date for the Betting Tax Bill 2018—12 June 2018. Detailed information about indicative reprints is available on the Information page of the Queensland legislation website.
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Not authorised —indicative only Queensland Wagering Act 1998 Contents Part 1 1 2 2A Part 2 Division 1 3 Division 2 4 5 6 7 8 Division 3 9 10 Part 3 11 11A 12 Part 4 Division 1 13 14 15 Division 2 Page Preliminary Short title . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Commencement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Object . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Interpretation Definitions Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Basic concepts Meaning of exclusivity period . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Meaning of oncourse wagering permit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Meaning of race wagering licence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Meaning of sports wagering licence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Meaning of totalisator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Other interpretative matters References to applicants for oncourse wagering permits and permit holders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 References to investments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Lawfulness of wagering Lawful activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Offences about totalisators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Relationship with other laws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Wagering authorities Suitability of persons Suitability of involved persons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Suitability of associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Other matters about suitability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Applications for, and issue of, wagering authorities
Not authorised —indicative only Wagering Act 1998 Contents 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 29A 30 Division 3 31 32 33 34 35 Division 4 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 Division 5 43 44 45 46 47 Page 2 Application for race wagering licence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Application for sports wagering licence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Application for oncourse wagering permit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Requirements about applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Further information or documents to support application . . . . . . Consideration of application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Conditions for granting application for wagering licence . . . . . . . Conditions for granting application for oncourse wagering permit Investigation of suitability of persons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Criminal history reports for investigations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Decision on application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Conditions of authority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Form of authority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Term of licence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Extension of wagering licence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Term of permit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dealings affecting wagering authorities Changing conditions of authority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Recording change of conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Authority generally not transferable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mortgage and transfer of authority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Surrender of authority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Investigation of authority holders and associates Audit programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Investigation of suitability of authority holders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Investigation of suitability of associates of wagering licensees . . Investigation of suitability of associates of permit holders . . . . . . Requirement to give information or document for investigation . Failure to give information or document for investigation . . . . . . Criminal history report for investigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Suspension and cancellation of wagering authorities Grounds for suspension or cancellation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Show cause notice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Involvement of interested persons in show cause process . . . . . Consideration of representations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ending show cause process without further action . . . . . . . . . . . 24 24 24 24 24 25 25 27 27 28 28 29 29 29 29 30 30 31 32 32 33 33 34 34 35 36 36 37 37 38 39 40 40
48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 Division 6 56 57 58 59 60 61 Part 5 Division 1 62 63 64 Division 2 65 66 67 68 69 70 Division 3 71 72 73 74 Division 4 75 76 77 Wagering Act 1998 Contents Censuring authority holder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Direction to rectify . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Notice by Minister to Governor in Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Suspension, cancellation and appointment of administrator . . . . Immediate suspension of authority by Minister . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Terms of appointment, and role, of administrator . . . . . . . . . . . . Cancellation or reduction of period of suspension . . . . . . . . . . . Notice to interested persons of decisions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Approved events and contingencies Application for approval of events or contingencies . . . . . . . . . . Decision on application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Conditions of approval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Notice of decision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Period of approval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Withdrawal of approval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wagering managers Suitability of persons Suitability of involved persons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Suitability of associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Other matters about suitability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Appointment of wagering managers Appointment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Application for approval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Further information or documents to support application . . . . . . Consideration of application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Investigation of suitability of persons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Criminal history reports for investigations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wagering management agreements Meaning of wagering management agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Entering into wagering management agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . Amendment of wagering management agreement . . . . . . . . . . . Approvals for wagering management agreements . . . . . . . . . . . Investigation of wagering managers and associates Audit programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Investigation of suitability of wagering managers . . . . . . . . . . . . Investigation of suitability of associates of wagering managers . 41 41 42 43 44 45 46 46 46 47 47 47 48 48 49 50 50 51 51 51 51 52 52 53 53 53 54 54 55 55 Page 3 Not authorised —indicative only
Wagering Act 1998 Contents Not authorised —indicative only 78 79 80 Division 5 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 Part 6 92 93 94 Part 7 Division 1 95 96 97 Division 2 98 99 100 101 Division 3 102 103 104 105 106 Requirement to give information or document for investigation . 56 Failure to give information or document for investigation . . . . . . 56 Criminal history report for investigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Terminating wagering management agreements Grounds for directing termination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Show cause notice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Representations about show cause notice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Ending show cause process without further action . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Censuring wagering manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Direction to rectify . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Direction to terminate agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Termination of agreement on direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Termination of agreement without direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Suspending wagering manager’s operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Notice to wagering licensee of decisions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Status of certain decisions Definition for part . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Application of part . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Certain decisions not to be justiciable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Key employees and operators for authority operators Licensing requirements for key employees Meaning of key employee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Requirement to be licensed employee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Prohibition of employment as key employees of persons who are not licensed employees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Requirements about key operators Meaning of key operator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Requirement that key operator apply for licence or end role . . . . 67 Requirement that key operator end role . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Requirement to end key operator’s role . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Applications for, and issue of, key person licences Application for licence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Further information or documents to support application . . . . . . 69 Consideration of application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Conditions for granting application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Investigation of suitability of applicant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Page 4
Wagering Act 1998 Contents Not authorised —indicative only 107 108 109 110 111 112 Division 4 113 Division 5 114 115 116 117 Division 6 118 119 120 121 122 Division 7 Subdivision 1 123 124 125 126 127 Subdivision 2 128 129 130 131 Division 8 132 134 135 Criminal history report for investigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Decision on application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Conditions of licence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Form of licence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Term of licence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Lapsing of licence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Suitability of persons Suitability of applicants and key person licensees . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Dealings affecting key person licences Changing conditions of licence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Recording change of conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Replacement of licence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Surrender of licence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Investigation of key person licensees Audit program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Investigation of suitability of key person licensees . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Requirement to give information or document for investigation . 76 Failure to give information or document for investigation . . . . . . 77 Criminal history report for investigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Suspension and cancellation of key person licences, and other action by chief executive Suspension and cancellation Grounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Show cause notice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Consideration of representations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Immediate suspension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Suspension and cancellation of licence after show cause process 81 Other action by chief executive Ending show cause process without further action . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Censuring key person licensee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Direction to rectify matter after show cause process . . . . . . . . . . 83 Cancellation or reduction of period of suspension . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Requirements about employment Notice of start of licensed employee’s employment . . . . . . . . . . 85 Notice of end of licensed employee’s employment . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Requirement to end licensed employee’s employment . . . . . . . . 85 Page 5
Not authorised —indicative only Wagering Act 1998 Contents Division 9 136 137 Division 10 138 139 Part 8 Division 1 140 141 143 Division 2 146 147 Division 3 148 149 150 151 152 Division 4 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 162 Part 9 Division 1 163 164 Division 2 168 Page 6 Requirements about association with key operators Notice of end of key operator’s role . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Requirement to end key operator’s role . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Other matters False statements by applicants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Destruction of fingerprints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wagering agents Agency agreements Meaning of agency agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Conditions for entering into agency agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amendment of agency agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Suitability of persons Suitability of agents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Suitability of associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Investigation of wagering agents and associates Investigation of suitability of agents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Investigation of suitability of associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Requirement to give information or document for investigation . Failure to give information or document for investigation . . . . . . Criminal history report for investigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Terminating agency agreements Grounds for directing termination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Show cause notice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Representations about show cause notice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ending show cause process without further action . . . . . . . . . . . Censuring agent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Direction to rectify . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Direction to terminate agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Termination of agreement on direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Suspending agent’s operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Financial Commissions and dividends Commission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dividends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fees Liability to wagering authority fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 86 87 87 87 88 89 89 89 90 90 90 91 91 91 92 93 93 93 94 95 96 97 98 98 99
168A 170 171 172 Part 10 Division 1 173 174 175 Division 2 178 179 180 Division 3 181 182 183 Division 4 184 185 Division 5 186 187 188 189 Part 11 Division 1 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 Division 2 Wagering Act 1998 Contents Wagering authority administration fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Penalty for late payment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Recovery of amounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Revenue offence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Compliance requirements Control systems Authorised wagering to be conducted under control system . . . . 101 Content of control system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Chief executive may give direction about content of control system 102 Wagering records Notices about keeping wagering records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Wagering records to be kept at certain place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Wagering records to be kept for required period . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Financial accounts, statements and reports Keeping of accounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Preparation of financial statements and accounts . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Submission of reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Financial institution accounts Keeping of accounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Use of accounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Audit Exempt authority operators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Audit of operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Completion of audit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Further information following audit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Conduct of approved wagering Agreements Meaning of ancillary wagering agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Meaning of related agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Entering into ancillary wagering agreements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Approval for ancillary wagering agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Review of related agreements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Show cause notice for related agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Representations about show cause notice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Direction to terminate related agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Operations of authority operators and wagering agents Page 7 Not authorised —indicative only
Wagering Act 1998 Contents Not authorised —indicative only Subdivision 1 Rules 198 Making rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 199 Application of rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 200 Rules to be made available . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 201 General responsibilities of authority operators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 202 Responsibility of licence operator for acts of agents . . . . . . . . . . 114 203 Responsibility of wagering agent for agent’s acts . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Subdivision 2 Other matters 204 Meaning of totalisator supply agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 205 Places of operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 206 Acceptance of wagers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 207 Use of regulated wagering equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 208 Approval of regulated wagering equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 208A Approved evaluators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 209 Extending credit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 210 Advertising wagering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 211 Directions about advertising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 212 Inquiries about complaints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 213 Claims for payment of winning bets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 214 Claims for payment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 216 Reporting improper behaviour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 Division 3 Excluding persons from approved places of operation or taking part in approved wagering Subdivision 1AA Preliminary 216AA Definition for div 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Subdivision 1 Provisions about self-exclusion 216A Self-exclusion notice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 216B Self-exclusion order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 216C Revoking self-exclusion order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Subdivision 2 Exclusion instigated by general operator 216D Exclusion direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 216E Duration of exclusion direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 216F Application to revoke exclusion direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 216G Deciding application to revoke exclusion direction . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Subdivision 3 Other provisions 216H Particular persons not to take part in approved wagering etc. . . 127 Page 8
Wagering Act 1998 Contents Not authorised —indicative only 216I 216J 216K 216L 216M Division 4 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 Part 12 Division 1 Subdivision 1 229 Subdivision 2 230 231 232 233 234 235 Subdivision 3 236 237 Division 2 Subdivision 1 Counselling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 Obligation to prevent persons from taking part in approved wagering etc. 129 Register . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Report about prohibition under order or direction . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Distributing promotional or advertising material about approved place of operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Wagering offences Cheating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Forgery and deception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Impersonating certain persons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Bribery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Restricted officials and licensees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134 Directions to restricted officials and licensees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134 Requirement to comply with direction about wagering . . . . . . . . 134 Relationship of restricted officials with general operators . . . . . . 135 Relationship of restricted officials with prospective authority operators 135 Relationship of general operators with restricted officials . . . . . . 136 Participation by minors prohibited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Employment of minors prohibited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Investigation and enforcement Inspectors Appointment of inspectors Appointment and qualifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Other matters about inspectors Conditions and limit on powers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Issue of identity card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Production or display of identity card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 When inspector ceases to hold office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Resignation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Return of identity card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Audit program and report about criminal history Audit program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Report about criminal history . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Powers of inspectors Power to enter places Page 9
Not authorised —indicative only Wagering Act 1998 Contents 238 239 Subdivision 2 240 241 242 243 244 245 Subdivision 3 246 247 248 Subdivision 4 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 Subdivision 5 258 259 260 Subdivision 6 261 262 263 264 265 266 Entry without consent or warrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Entry with consent or warrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Consents and warrants for entry Consent to entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 Evidence of consent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 Application for warrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Issue of warrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Special warrants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146 Evidence about special warrants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147 General powers General powers after entering places . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147 Failure to help inspector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 Failure to give information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149 Power to seize evidence Seizing evidence at place that may be entered without consent or warrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149 Seizing evidence at place that may only be entered with consent or warrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149 Securing things after seizure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 Tampering with things subject to seizure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 Powers to support seizure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 Receipts to be given on seizure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 Forfeiture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 Return of things that have been seized . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Access to things that have been seized . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Power to give directions to stop using things Direction to stop using thing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Requirements about stop directions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Failure to comply with stop direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Power to obtain information Power to require name and address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Failure to give name or address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Power to require production of documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Failure to produce document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Failure to certify copy of document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Power to require attendance of persons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Page 10
267 268 269 270 Division 3 271 Division 4 272 273 274 275 276 Division 5 277 278 279 Part 13 Division 1 280 281 282 283 Division 2 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 Part 14 Division 1 291 292 Wagering Act 1998 Contents Failure to comply with requirement about attendance . . . . . . . . . 158 Power to require financial records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Effect of compliance with financial records requirement . . . . . . . 159 Failure to comply with financial records requirement . . . . . . . . . 160 Powers of Minister Direction about management practice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 General enforcement matters Forfeiture on conviction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Dealing with forfeited things . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Notice of damage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Compensation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Protecting officials from liability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 General enforcement offences False or misleading statements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 False, misleading or incomplete documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Obstructing inspectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 Legal proceedings Evidence Application of division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 Appointments and authority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 Signatures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 Evidentiary aids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Proceedings Indictable and summary offences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Proceedings for indictable offences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Limitation on who may summarily hear indictable offence proceedings 168 Limitation on time for starting summary proceedings . . . . . . . . . 168 Responsibility for acts or omissions of representatives . . . . . . . . 168 Executive officer may be taken to have committed offence against s 172 169 Attempts to commit offences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Reviews by QCAT or Minister Applications for review of decisions by tribunal When authority operators may apply for review . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 When licence operators may apply for review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 Page 11 Not authorised —indicative only
Wagering Act 1998 Contents Not authorised —indicative only 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 Division 2 303 304 305 306 307 Part 15 308 308A 309 310 311 312 Part 17 Division 1 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 When applicants for key person licences may apply for review . 171 When key person licensees may apply for review . . . . . . . . . . . 171 When wagering agents may apply for review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 When owner of things seized may apply for review . . . . . . . . . . 172 When other persons may apply for review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Tribunal to decide review on evidence before the chief executive 172 Tribunal may give leave for review to be decided on new evidence in particular circumstances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Appeals from tribunal only to Court of Appeal on a question of law 174 Reviews by Minister Refusal of licence operator to enter into agency agreement . . . . 174 Termination of agency agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Issues about staying operations of decisions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176 Procedures for reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176 Delegation for div 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 Miscellaneous Confidentiality of information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 Commissioner of police service to notify changes in criminal history 178 Delegations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Commercial arrangements for conducting sports wagering . . . . 179 Approval of forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180 Regulation-making power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180 Transitional provisions Transitional provisions for Act No. 15 of 1998 Application of div 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 Definitions for div 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 Control system for initial operator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182 Regulated wagering equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182 Key employees of initial operator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Amounts payable before commencement day for investments . . 183 Amounts payable on or after commencement day for investments 183 Agency agreements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 Wagering agents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 Permit holders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 Control system for permit holders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 Continued operation of former rules and certain former regulations 185 Page 12
Not authorised —indicative only Division 2 330 332 334 335 Division 3 336 337 338 Division 5 340 Division 6 340A Division 7 340B 340C 340D 340E Part 18 341 Schedule 1 Schedule 2 Wagering Act 1998 Contents Transitional provisions for Gambling Legislation Amendment Act 2004 Definitions for div 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186 Direction to rectify under pre-amended Act . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186 Continuation of obligation under pre-amended Act, s 215 . . . . . 187 Transitional provision for race wagering licence . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188 Transitional provisions for Gambling Legislation Amendment Act 2005 Definitions for div 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188 Inspectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 Audit program for inspectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 Transitional provision for Liquor and Gaming (Red Tape Reduction) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013 Continuation of offence under s 173 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 Transitional provision for Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2014 Application of particular provisions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 Transitional provisions for Betting Tax Act 2018 Definition for division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190 Continued application of Act . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190 Proceedings for particular offences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191 Application of s 289 in relation to offences against particular provisions 191 Validating provision for Liquor (Red Tape Reduction) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013 Validation of extension of sports wagering licence . . . . . . . . . . . 192 Decisions not subject to appeal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193 Dictionary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195 Page 13
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Not authorised —indicative only Wagering Act 1998 Wagering Act 1998 Part 1 Preliminary [s 1] An Act about wagering and for other purposes Part 1 Preliminary 1 Short title This Act may be cited as the Wagering Act 1998 . 2 Commencement This Act commences on a day to be fixed by proclamation. 2A Object (1) The object of this Act is to ensure that, on balance, the State and the community as a whole benefit from wagering. (2) The balance is achieved by allowing wagering subject to a system of regulation and control designed to protect players and the community through— (a) ensuring the integrity and fairness of games; and (b) ensuring the probity of those involved in the conduct of wagering; and (c) minimising the potential for harm from wagering. Current as at [Not applicable] Page 15
Not authorised —indicative only Wagering Act 1998 Part 2 Interpretation [s 3] Part 2 Interpretation Division 1 Definitions 3 Definitions The dictionary in schedule 2 defines particular words used in this Act. Division 2 Basic concepts 4 Meaning of exclusivity period (1) The exclusivity period , for a race wagering licence, is the period starting on 1 July 2014 and ending— (a) 30 years after 1 July 2014; or (b) if, within the period of 30 years after 1 July 2014, a race wagering licence held by UBET or a UBET subsidiary is cancelled, surrendered or ceases to have effect for another reason (other than suspension)—on the day the licence is cancelled, surrendered or otherwise ceases to have effect. (2) The exclusivity period , for a sports wagering licence, is the period starting on 1 July 2014 and ending— (a) 30 years after 1 July 2014; or (b) if, within the period of 30 years after 1 July 2014, a sports wagering licence held by UBET or a UBET subsidiary is cancelled, surrendered or ceases to have effect for another reason (other than suspension)—on the day the licence is cancelled, surrendered or otherwise ceases to have effect. Page 16 Current as at [Not applicable]
Not authorised —indicative only Wagering Act 1998 Part 2 Interpretation [s 5] 5 Meaning of oncourse wagering permit (1) An oncourse wagering permit is a permit authorising the permit holder to conduct oncourse wagering by means of a totalisator by accepting investments placed by persons at a race meeting conducted by the permit holder at a licensed venue. (2) Subsection (1) applies only to investments that— (a) are placed by persons at the licensed venue stated in the permit; and (b) relate to races held at the race meeting conducted by the permit holder. 6 Meaning of race wagering licence A race wagering licence is a licence authorising the race wagering licensee to conduct wagering on an event or contingency that— (a) is, or relates to, thoroughbred, harness or greyhound racing; and (b) may be lawfully held in Queensland or elsewhere. 7 Meaning of sports wagering licence A sports wagering licence is a licence authorising the sports wagering licensee to conduct wagering on— (a) a sporting event or contingency (whether in Australia or elsewhere); or (b) another event or contingency that is an approved event or contingency for the licensee. 8 Meaning of totalisator (1) A totalisator is a system used— Current as at [Not applicable] Page 17
Not authorised —indicative only Wagering Act 1998 Part 2 Interpretation [s 8] (a) to enable persons to invest money on events or contingencies with a view to successfully predicting specified outcomes of the events or contingencies; and (b) to enable the totalisator pool to be divided and distributed among the persons who successfully predict the outcomes. (2) A totalisator also includes an instrument, machine or device under which the system mentioned in subsection (1) is operated. (3) In subsection (1)(b), a reference to the totalisator pool is a reference to the amount left from the investments after— (a) making allowances for refunds of investments; and (b) deducting commission for the conduct of the totalisator; and (c) adding any pool top-up amount. (4) In this section— minimum pool amount , for a totalisator, means an amount worked out by using the formula— Page 18 where— MPA means the minimum pool amount. A means an amount that the authority operator for the totalisator advertises is the minimum amount that will, after amounts are refunded and deducted as commission, be available for the payment of dividends out of the totalisator for an event or contingency. R means an amount paid out of the totalisator as a refund of an investment. C means the amount that would be deducted as commission if the amount invested in the totalisator equalled A minus R. pool top-up amount , for a totalisator, means an amount added by an authority operator to the totalisator so the amount Current as at [Not applicable]
Wagering Act 1998 Part 3 Lawfulness of wagering [s 9] available for the payment of dividends equals the minimum pool amount for the totalisator. Not authorised —indicative only Division 3 Other interpretative matters 9 References to applicants for oncourse wagering permits and permit holders (1) This section applies if the applicant for an oncourse wagering permit or a permit holder is an unincorporated body of persons. (2) In this Act, a reference to the applicant or permit holder is a reference to each person who is a member of the management committee of the body. 10 References to investments In this Act, a reference to an amount invested (whether in a totalisator or otherwise) is a reference to the amount invested, less any amount repayable to the investor by way of a refund (whether because of the cancellation or calling off of a bet or for any other reason). Part 3 Lawfulness of wagering 11 Lawful activities The following activities are lawful— (a) the conduct, under this Act, of a totalisator by a wagering licensee under a wagering licence; (b) the conduct, under this Act and the relevant wagering management agreement, of a totalisator by a wagering manager under a wagering licence; (c) the conduct, under this Act, of a totalisator by a permit holder under an oncourse wagering permit; Current as at [Not applicable] Page 19
Not authorised —indicative only Wagering Act 1998 Part 3 Lawfulness of wagering [s 11A] (d) the conduct, under this Act, of wagering (on a fixed odds basis) by a wagering licensee under a wagering licence; (e) the conduct, under this Act and the relevant wagering management agreement, of wagering (on a fixed odds basis) by a wagering manager under a wagering licence; (f) the carrying on of a wagering agent’s operations under this Act and the relevant agency agreement; (g) the use of approved wagering equipment by a wagering licensee, manager or agent or permit holder; (h) betting, under this Act, by a person (whether by means of a totalisator or on a fixed odds basis) for wagering conducted by a wagering licensee under a wagering licence; (i) betting, under this Act and the relevant wagering management agreement, by a person (whether by means of a totalisator or on a fixed odds basis) for wagering conducted by a wagering manager under a wagering licence; (j) betting, under this Act, by a person (by means of a totalisator) for wagering conducted by a permit holder under an oncourse wagering permit; (k) the doing of anything else required or authorised to be done under this Act. 11A Offences about totalisators (1) A person must not— (a) operate, or take part in operating, a totalisator other than under this Act; or (b) bet on a totalisator other than under this Act or a law of another State; or (c) ask to be another person’s agent for betting on a totalisator; or Page 20 Current as at [Not applicable]
Not authorised —indicative only Wagering Act 1998 Part 4 Wagering authorities [s 12] (d) act as agent of another person (the second person ) for betting on a totalisator if that person and the second person agree, expressly or impliedly, that the person acting as agent will receive consideration from the second person. Maximum penalty—100 penalty units or 6 months imprisonment. (2) For subsection (1)(b), a reference to a totalisator includes— (a) a system that is substantially similar to a system mentioned in section 8(1); and (b) an instrument, machine or device under which a system mentioned in paragraph (a) is operated. 12 Relationship with other laws (1) Section 11 has effect despite any other law dealing with wagering, including, in particular, the Racing Integrity Act 2016 . (2)