Introduction to the Racing Commission
The Northern Territory Racing Commission is established under the Racing and Betting Act 1983.
Under section 3A the objects of the Act are to:
- promote probity and integrity in racing and betting in the Territory
- maintain the probity and integrity of persons engaged in racing and betting in the Territory
- promote fairness, integrity and efficiency in the operations of persons engaged in racing and betting in the Territory
- reduce any adverse social impact of betting.
The commission also conducts investigations into the operation of bookmakers and deals with disputes. If you are unhappy with a bookmaker go to the Northern Territory Government website to make a complaint.
Powers and functions
The commission's powers and functions are set out under sections 17 and 18 of the Racing and Betting Act.
The commission conducts investigations into the operation of bookmakers and deals with disputes between punters and bookmakers.
The Commission is comprised of a person appointed by the Minister for Racing, Gaming and Licensing to be Chairperson and four to five members.
Members are selected for their knowledge and experience of the racing industry in the Territory. The members are:
- Alastair Shields (Chairperson)
- Cindy Bravos
- Amy Corcoran
- James Pratt
- Kristopher Evans
Below are the commission 2021 meeting dates:
- Tuesday 2 February 2021
- Tuesday 2 March 2021
- Thursday 8 April 2021
- Thursday 6 May 2021
- Tuesday 1 June 2021
- Wednesday 12 May 2021
- Tuesday 6 July 2021
- Thursday 5 August 2021
- Thursday 2 September 2021
- Tuesday 5 October 2021
- Thursday 4 November 2021
- Thursday 2 December 2021
Please note: The close off period for matters to be tabled is two weeks before the meeting date. Notification of decisions are subject to settlement of the meeting minutes. Notifications should be available one week after the scheduled date.
Northern Territory Racing Commission
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade
Level 3, NAB Building
71 Smith Street
Darwin NT 0800
PO Box 1154
Darwin NT 0801
Racing Commission hearings and decisions
Name of applicant/licensee: S & C v BetEasy - parties have advised the commission that matter has been resolved.
Racing Commission decisions
Racing Commission investigations
Investigation into the Darwin Greyhound Association final report
In 2020, the Northern Territory (NT) Racing Commission and NT Consumer Affairs Commissioner launched an investigation into the Darwin Greyhound Association (DGA). The investigators were Hutton McCarthy Lawyers.
In the NT greyhound racing is governed by the Racing Commission under the Racing and Betting Act 1983. The department’s Occupational Licensing and Associations division holds delegation on behalf of the Commissioner of Consumer Affairs and administers the Associations Act 2003.
The investigation examined a series of complaints from current and former members and trainers about the operation, the association and greyhound racing.
The report provides a welcome opportunity to improve the oversight and operations of the greyhound industry in the NT, particularly given the significant growth the industry has experienced over recent years.
However, the report did find the NT greyhound industry does not have adequate policies and procedures in place to ensure best practice animal welfare standards are being adhered to.
The report sets out 60 recommendations to improve the regulation and operation of the greyhound racing industry in the NT.
The recommendations present a significant opportunity for the Racing Commission and the Darwin Greyhound Association to build on the work it has already commenced and to ensure animal welfare standards are met within the industry.
The NT Government supports the continued growth of the greyhound industry and ensuring a robust regulatory framework is implemented to improve the industry’s integrity and welfare of greyhounds.
The Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade together with the Racing Commission and Darwin Greyhound Association will develop and progress an implementation plan for all recommendations in the final report.
For further information email email@example.com.
Sports bookmakers and betting exchange operators
The Northern Territory Racing Commission grants licences to sports bookmakers and betting exchange operators operating in the Northern Territory.
To apply for a sports bookmaker licence go to the Northern Territory Government website.
Sports bookmakers and betting exchange operators licensed in the Northern Territory
|1||bet365||Hillside (Australia New Media) Pty Ltd||https://www.bet365.com.au|
|2||BetEasy||BetEasy Pty Ltd||https://www.beteasy.com.au|
|3||Betfair||Betfair Pty Ltd||https://www.betfair.com.au|
|4||Bet Right||IRPSX Pty Ltd||https://betright.com.au|
|5||BlueBet||BlueBet Pty Ltd||https://www.bluebet.com.au|
|6||Booki||Booki.com.au Pty Ltd||https://www.booki.com.au|
|7||BoomBet||BoomBet Pty Ltd||https://www.boombetting.com.au|
|8||Buddybet||Buddybet Pty Ltd||https://buddybet.com|
|9||CrossBet||Cross Bet Pty Ltd||https://www.crossbet.com.au|
|10||Dabble||Dabble Sports Pty Ltd||https://www.dabble.com.au|
|11||DraftKings||DraftKings Australia Pty Ltd||https://www.draftkings.com|
|12||Ladbrokes||Entain Group Pty Ltd||https://www.ladbrokes.com.au|
|Betstar||Entain Group Pty Ltd||https://www.betstar.com.au|
|Bookmaker.com||Entain Group Pty Ltd||https://www.bookmaker.com.au|
|13||Lottoland||Lottoland Australia Pty Ltd||https://www.lottoland.com.au|
|14||MoneyBall||Moneyball Australia Pty Ltd||https://moneyball.com.au|
|15||Neds.com.au||Neds.com.au Pty Ltd||https://www.neds.com.au|
|16||PlayOn||Tradeplayer Australia Pty Ltd||https://playon.co|
|17||PlayUp||PlayUp Interactive Pty Ltd||https://www.playup.com.au|
|ClassicBet||PlayUp Interactive Pty Ltd||https://www.classicbet.com.au|
|Draftstars||PlayUp Interactive Pty Ltd||https://www.draftstars.com.au|
|Madbookie||PlayUp Interactive Pty Ltd||https://www.playup.com.au/madbookie|
|18||Picklebet||Puntaa Pty Ltd||https://www.picklebet.com|
|19||Plus Connect||Plus Connect (NT) Pty Ltd||currently not trading|
|20||PointsBet||PointsBet Australia Pty Ltd||https://pointsbet.com.au|
|21||RivalBet||Apthletic Australia Pty Ltd||https://www.rivalbet.com.au|
|22||SportChamps||SportChamps Australia Pty Ltd||https://www.sportchamps.com.au|
|23||Sportsbet||Sportsbet Pty Ltd||https://www.sportsbet.com.au|
|24||Swopstakes||Swopstakes Australia Pty Ltd||https://swopstakes.com|
|25||Ubet NT||Ubet NT Pty Ltd||https://www.tab.com.au||Licensed by the Director of Totalisator Licensing and Regulation|
|26||Unibet||Betchoice Corporation Pty Ltd||https://www.unibet.com.au|
|27||World Lottery Club||Annexio Australia Pty Ltd||https://www.worldlotteryclub.com.au||currently not trading|
Racing Commission definitions
This page outlines the Racing Commission's definition of selected gambling terms.
A betting exchange is an online platform where customers bet against one another, including setting the odds and the size of the bet.
A betting exchange operates in a similar way to a bookmaker by accepting bets from customers, however traditional bookmakers set the odds and may also reduce the bet size.
A betting exchange operator will only accept a bet where it is able to offset the risk of that bet by matching it against requests for bets from other customers.
Racing Commission documents open for public comment
The Northern Territory Racing Commission is not seeking public comment on draft documents at this time.
Draft documents will be published here when they are open for comment.