Charities and community groups in rural, regional and remote areas can now raise money and run community events free of unnecessary red tape and admin costs, following action from the NSW Nationals in the state government and improvements to community gaming laws.

“I received a lot of feedback on this: local not for profits were being driven mad by the amount of paperwork they had to fill out to run simple social and fundraising events,” Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis said.

“These small community groups don’t need to be bogged down in paperwork and red tape when all they’re looking to do is raise a bit of money for a good cause.

“So we have made it as easy as possible for community groups to raise money and hold social events by throwing out the old time-consuming licensing requirements.”

Mr Gulaptis said the red tape slashing would also benefit small businesses as the majority of trade promotion activities, like prize giveaways for customers, will not need any authorisation.

For more information on the new Community Gaming laws, please visit https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/games-of-chance.