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Bookmakers (and employee) application process and requirements

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This page outlines the application process and requirements to become a bookmaker and a bookmakers key employee.

Bookmakers

A bookmaker is a person who:

  • whether acting on their own account or as an employee or agent for another person, carries on the business or vocation of, or acts as a bookmaker or turf commission agent
  • gains or endeavours to gain a livelihood entirely or partly by betting or making wagers.

The duration of a bookmaker's registration is 10 years, subject to the conditions specified in the registration, and unless cancelled, surrendered or suspended.

Once approval is granted, you will be given a set of directions, which gives you an ongoing responsibility to notify the VCGLR of any changes.

Registered bookmakers cannot allow a person convicted of a 'relevant offence', within the last 10 years, to handle or have any involvement in any bets made with the bookmaker or the publication of betting odds. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action being taken against you as a registered bookmaker.

See Standard licence obligations for more details.

For a list of current bookmakers, see Approved bookmakers.

Application forms

Important notice for applicants

Individuals applying to be registered as a bookmaker or as a nominee for a corporate registered bookmaker are required to apply to Victoria Police for a 'National name check' National Police Certificate.

Finger and palm prints are not required. The VCGLR is currently updating the GIE application forms on this website to indicate this change.

Select the right application form

Nominees

If a corporation is approved as a registered bookmaker, the corporation must nominate a person to act as a nominee. To apply, complete the Registered bookmaker - approval as a nominee of a corporation application form (PDF, 630KB).

Associates

For further information about how to register as a bookmaker, see Frequently Asked Questions - Bookmakers.

If you would like a copy of any of these publications in a more accessible format, contact us.

Approval by relevant racing industry controlling body

You must also obtain a club bookmaker's licence from the relevant racing industry controlling body such as Racing Victoria Limited, Harness Racing Victoria or Greyhound Racing Victoria.

Licences provide the authority for bookmakers to field at race meetings of each racing code and in some cases, to conduct 24-hour trading at racecourses. The contact details in relation to club bookmaker's licence applications are listed below:

Racing Victoria Limited
www.racingvictoria.net.au
(03) 9258 4258
Email: information@racingvictoria.net.au
Racing Victoria Centre
4000 Epsom Road
Flemington VIC 3031
Greyhound Racing Victoria
www.grv.org.au
(03) 8329 1100
Email: admin@grv.org.au
46-50 Chetwynd Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Harness Racing Victoria
www.hrv.org.au
(03) 8378 0200
Email: info@hrv.org.au
PO Box 184
Moonee Ponds VIC 3039
 

Bookmaker's key employees

A bookmaker's key employee is a person who is:

  • employed by a bookmaker in a managerial capacity
  • authorised to make decisions that are relevant to the business operations of a bookmaker
  • employed in any other activity relating to the operations of a bookmaker specified by the VCGLR.

Note: the VCGLR has not specified any other activities at this time.

The VCGLR is responsible for granting and enforcing the conditions of the registrations of bookmaker's key employees.

For your obligations as a bookmaker's employee, see Standard licence obligations - bookmakers and key employees.

Application requirements

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and must not have been convicted of a 'relevant offence' in the last 10 years.

A relevant offence is:

  • an offence against the Racing Act 1958, a gaming act, or regulations
  • an offence involving fraud or dishonesty punishable by imprisonment for three months or more
  • an indictable offence, or an offence that, if committed in Victoria would be an indictable offence.
Application process

To register as a bookmaker's key employee, you will need to complete the Request for approval for registration as a bookmaker's key employee (new or renewal) application (PDF, 296KB) This form includes information about the application process and relevant documentation that needs to be included in the application.

For information about how to register as a bookmaker's key employee, download the Frequently asked questions - Bookmaker's key employee (PDF, 317KB).

If you would like a copy of these publications in a more accessible format, contact us.

Online Services Portal

To use the self-service portal you must have your email address registered with the VCGLR. If you have not registered your email address, contact us.

To update your email address online, you will need your user ID and password. The user ID is your bookmaker's key employee registration number, followed by '/GIE'. For example, if your registration number is BK1234567, then your user ID is BK1234567/GIE.

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Page last modified 
8 February 2017