1. When do I need competition permits?
Competition permits are generally required if the winners of your competition are determined by chance. Typically this means the winners are either drawn or win instantly by, for example, scratching a game card.
Competition permits are not required if your winners are determined solely by skill and by qualified judges. Examples of skill-based competitions include those which typically ask a question to be answered in 25 words or less.
2. What if the draw/ my office is in a particular state, does this mean I only need permits from that state?
The location of the draw and/ or your office is irrelevant. However, if the competition is only open to residents of a particular state or it is a requirement that entrants come to a location in a particular state, you may only need competition permits from that state.
3. Do I need competition terms and conditions for a simple or a small competition?
Yes. Competition terms need to set out a number of important things. These include who can enter, when someone needs to enter, what restrictions are in place and what the prizes are. If you fail to have competition terms and conditions you will leave a number of questions unanswered. This increases the risk of a complaint or dispute later on. It is better to have clear terms and conditions which set out everything about the competition and avoid ambiguity.
4. What detail do I need about the competition prizes?
You should include as much detail as you can about the competition prizes in the competition terms and conditions.
Some state regulators specify particular information which must be included. For example, in VIC, you need to ensure you include the name or type (i.e. star rating and location) of any hotel included in an accommodation prize.
5. How long does it take to obtain competition permits?
Each state takes a different amount of time to issue a competition permit. We suggest you aim for three weeks from the day you apply to the day you need permits back. You will need to include the permit numbers in any advertising of the competition.