The information provided herein is intended as an information guide only and is not a substitute for prescribed permit conditions or other legal requirements. The information is accurate at time of publication, however permit conditions and legislation
are subject to change. In all cases it is the Permit Holder and beneficiary organisation’s responsibility to ensure compliance with permit conditions and other relevant applicable legislation.
Bingo is a numbers game not unlike keno. Players use books containing cards for up to 32 games and each card has 15 numbers. Up to 90 numbers are called out by a caller using either a random number generator or a manual ball drawing device. The first
player to have the 15 numbers called (known as full house) wins the major prize. If there is more than one winner, the prize money is divided equally. On occasions, split games may be played where minor prizes are awarded for the first player who
completes a pre-determined sequence of lines such as a pattern around the outside (known as “racetrack”). See example of Bingo cards below.
This is a Bingo card. In this example, six cards per sheet equals one Bingo game.
Bingo cards known as 'flyers' are sometimes used. Generally, the flyer sheet contains 6 cards and is played as one game. In WA, a maximum of 2 flyer games per Bingo session is permitted and these count towards the limit of 32 games allowed to be played.
With regard to the conduct of Bingo in Western Australia, relevant state legislation is:
Where Bingo is played for money or money’s worth (for example for prizes), a permit is required and may be applied for via the department. Under the Gaming and Wagering Commission Act 1987, permits may
be approved for charities, community groups and other approved organisations to raise funds for approved uses.
An application fee is payable and permits may be approved for either a single event, or for a period of 6 months. Permits will not be approved for fund raising considered to be for purposes of private gain or commercial undertaking as Section 95 of the
Act prohibits it. Proceeds raised from Bingo may only be used for the purposes applied for and on which basis the permit was granted.
A permit is required and may be approved for up to 12 months. However, no fees are payable. The Gaming and Wagering Commission Regulations 1988 stipulate that where Bingo is conducted by, on behalf of, and at a club the members of which are wholly or
mainly senior citizens or pensioners, and the persons participating in the play are members or the guests of members, no fee or other charge is payable. Senior citizens organisations are not required to submit a financial return as no surcharge is
Every Bingo permit has conditions attached. An example of a typical permit is shown below. The conditions specify the minimum standards required for record keeping, controls and various aspects relevant to conduct of the permit. There are significant
penalties that may be applied for failing to comply with permit conditions.
While a permit is issued to an organisation, the Act requires that an individual, appointed by and on behalf of that organisation, is primarily responsible for the conduct of the Bingo permit. The permit holder is responsible for ensuring that
the Bingo is run in accordance with all legislative requirements and permit conditions. The permit holder is not permitted to play Bingo at the sessions run on behalf of his/her organisation for which they hold the permit.
The following is a summary of some of the main requirements contained within the legislation. However, it is important that the Permit Holder read and understand the permit and conditions together with the Rules of Bingo. The department provides a copy
of the Rules when a new permit is issued.
In addition to accounting for the total number of books and flyers on hand, as detailed above, for every session of Bingo that is conducted the following information must be recorded:
All records pertaining to the Bingo , including unsaleable books, must be retained for 12 months. The records must be available for inspection by an authorised officer of the Gaming and Wagering Commission at any time.
An information sheet “How to Complete A Bingo Financial Return” is sent out with the Financial Returns by DLGSC each month (see examples at end of this document). You will note that there is provision on the Financial Return to list other proceeds raised during the Bingo session – section 13(a) Raffle Gross Proceeds and 13(b) Continuing Lottery Gross Proceeds. By way of explanation, these items are listed as they are to be included in the TOTAL Gross Proceeds for the purpose of calculating expenses (not to exceed 20% of Total Gross Proceeds, as stipulated in the Gaming and Wagering Commission Regulations 1988).
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