Charities will now be able to raise money with far less hassle under red tape reduction reforms passed in Parliament today.
Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said games such as raffles, art unions, bingo and sweeps will all benefit from a streamlined administration process, and clearer fundraising guidelines.
“Charities often don’t have the time and resources to wade through paperwork, so we’ve successfully slashed red tape so businesses can focus on the important stuff,” Mr Kean said.
“These organisations are the life blood of local communities, providing critical support to the disadvantaged and vulnerable.
“That’s why it’s so important we make it as easy as possible for them to operate.”
Mr Kean said the reforms stuck the right balance between removing unnecessary burdens, and having the power to target dodgy behaviour.
“We’ve given more power to NSW Fair Trading so it can crack down on anyone doing the wrong thing,” he said.
“Funds raised through these games should be going to the people who need it most.
“This is more sensible reform from the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government that will make a big difference to communities right across the State.”
The Community Gaming Bill 2018 replaced the Lotteries and Art Unions Act 1901.
For more information on community gaming reforms, visit www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au.