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Cutting red tape for community funding

Raising money for local charities, events and infrastructure may be about to get a lot easier.

The NSW Government is seeking feedback following a proposal to reduce red tape for charities, churches, clubs and businesses wanting to run community lotteries and trade promotions to raise money and awareness for their organisations. 

Changes to the Lotteries and Art Unions Act will modernise regulations to bring NSW into line with other jurisdictions by dividing lotteries run by community organisations and trade lotteries into different categories. 

The changes will mean that community lotteries, such as chocolate wheels at fetes, no longer require a permit if their profit is less than $25,000 (before tax). This would also mean that organisations conducting trade promotions would require a permit for prize values over $10,000 (within a 12-month period).

Our Leader and Minister for Justice and Police, Arts and Racing, Troy Grant, said these fundraising activities and promotions are part of the social fabric of local communities across metropolitan and regional NSW: 

“Raffles and art unions are a popular way to raise funds for charities, local sports clubs and small businesses, especially in regional NSW where community support keeps many of these organisations going.”

Organisations that run community gaming activities and trade promotions, and the wider community are encouraged to make submissions to the review, which closes Friday 26 August. For more information, visit: https://www.liquorandgaming.justice.nsw.gov.au.

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