Racing Commission

Introduction

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.

Members

The chairperson and four to five general members are appointed by the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice for up to three years.

Members are selected for their Northern Territory racing industry knowledge and experience. The members are:

  • Alastair Shields (chairperson)
  • Allan McGill
  • Amy Corcoran
  • Cindy Bravos
  • James Pratt.

Meeting dates

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.

Contact

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

Phone: 08 8999 1800
racing.commission@nt.gov.au


Hearings and decisions

The hearing schedule is for licensees, media, legal counsel and other interested parties.

Name of applicant/licensee: S & C v BetEasy - parties have advised the commission that matter has been resolved.

Due to frequent changes, you should verify the dates by phoning the Northern Territory Racing Commission on 08 8999 1800.

Racing Commission decisions

Racing Commission hearing decisions are provided below.

Decision title Decision date
K v Neds PDF (1.2 MB) 28/05/2021
P v Sportsbet PDF (359.2 KB) 25/05/2021
K v Bet365 PDF (408.7 KB) 06/04/2021
A v Pointsbet PDF (427.5 KB) 26/03/2021
R v TopBetta Pty Ltd PDF (459.8 KB) 11/03/2021
R v Betchoice PDF (543.5 KB) 11/03/2021
Various v Bet365 PDF (255.1 KB) 04/02/2021
A v Bet365 PDF (496.7 KB) 21/01/2021
S v Neds & Ladbrokes PDF (367.9 KB) 02/11/2020
L v Sportsbet PDF (580.6 KB) 04/09/2020
M v Lottoland PDF (291.6 KB) 27/08/2020
G v Sportsbetting PDF (290.5 KB) 27/08/2020
W v Ladbrokes PDF (370.5 KB) 17/08/2020
O v Lottoland PDF (277.4 KB) 14/08/2020
A v Topbetta PDF (401.2 KB) 13/08/2020
Results of Inquiry into Greyhound Racing Participant (S Bolton) PDF (409.1 KB) 11/08/2020
B v Lottoland PDF (347.1 KB) 02/07/2020
K, L & S v Sportsbet PDF (300.7 KB) 02/07/2020
J v Unibet PDF (298.9 KB) 30/06/2020
S v Bet365 PDF (213.9 KB) 26/06/2020
G v BetEasy PDF (394.8 KB) 22/06/2020
M v Sportsbet PDF (300.9 KB) 15/06/2020
A v Sportsbet PDF (524.1 KB) 10/06/2020
M v Sportsbet PDF (458.8 KB) 05/06/2020
L & C v BetEasy PDF (472.3 KB) 05/06/2020
S v Sportsbet PDF (583.8 KB) 05/06/2020
S v Sportsbet PDF (274.7 KB) 24/04/2020
S v Sportsbet PDF (165.5 KB) 23/04/2020
F v TopBetta PDF (320.5 KB) 23/03/2020
G v PlayUp PDF (348.2 KB) 10/03/2020
J v Lottoland PDF (223.1 KB) 10/03/2020
B v BetEasy PDF (602.7 KB) 28/02/2020
R v Ladbrokes Neds and Pointsbet PDF (684.8 KB) 24/02/2020
M v Ladbrokes PDF (575.7 KB) 24/02/2020
K v Sportsbet PDF (431.6 KB) 31/01/2020
G v PlayUp Interactive PDF (402.6 KB) 29/01/2020
B v PlayUp Interactive PDF (296.0 KB) 23/01/2020
B v PlayUp Interactive & TopBetta PDF (430.1 KB) 17/01/2020
K v Lottoland PDF (380.8 KB) 15/01/2020
H v SportChamps PDF (285.7 KB) 26/11/2019
A v Neds.com.au PDF (329.6 KB) 26/11/2019
L v Sportsbet PDF (384.9 KB) 05/11/2019
GVC Australia (Consideration of Disciplinary Action) PDF (235.4 KB) 05/11/2019
Various v Sportsbet PDF (600.3 KB) 31/10/2019
H v Sportsbet PDF (264.9 KB) 30/08/2019
D v William Hill (BetEasy) PDF (169.0 KB) 20/08/2019
Y v Pointsbet PDF (300.2 KB) 20/08/2019
D v Ladbrokes PDF (387.6 KB) 14/08/2019
W & N v BetEasy PDF (227.4 KB) 14/08/2019
G v Crownbet PDF (242.1 KB) 09/08/2019
W v Sportsbet PDF (309.2 KB) 24/06/2019
D v TopBetta PDF (323.4 KB) 14/06/2019
A v Sportsbet PDF (177.8 KB) 24/05/2019
E v PlayUp (trading as Mad Bookie) PDF (207.6 KB) 17/05/2019
W v BetEasy PDF (278.5 KB) 17/05/2019
A v Sportsbet PDF (161.1 KB) 18/04/2019
J v Pointsbet PDF (231.0 KB) 08/04/2019
I v Sportsbet PDF (145.3 KB) 21/03/2019
G v Lottoland PDF (551.9 KB) 21/03/2019
F v Lottoland PDF (128.9 KB) 19/03/2019
M v SportChamps PDF (130.5 KB) 11/03/2019
T v Neds.com.au PDF (274.8 KB) 26/02/2019
P v William Hill PDF (274.9 KB) 26/02/2019
M v William Hill PDF (274.8 KB) 26/02/2019
M v Neds.com.au PDF (274.8 KB) 26/02/2019
M v Ladbrokes PDF (274.8 KB) 26/02/2019
M v BetEasy PDF (274.8 KB) 26/02/2019
G v Neds.com.au PDF (274.7 KB) 26/02/2019
G v BetEasy PDF (274.8 KB) 26/02/2019
C v William Hill PDF (274.8 KB) 26/02/2019
A v Neds.com.au PDF (274.8 KB) 26/02/2019
S v Sportsbet PDF (307.2 KB) 14/02/2019
C v Luxbet PDF (165.3 KB) 14/02/2019
D v Lottoland PDF (819.7 KB) 11/02/2019
L v Neds.com.au PDF (171.2 KB)
L v Neds.com.au DOCX (45.8 KB)
22/06/2018
D v Neds.com.au PDF (160.0 KB)
D v Neds.com.au DOCX (46.0 KB)
22/06/2018
Y v Crownbet PDF (155.7 KB)
Y v Crownbet DOCX (45.9 KB)
26/03/2018
S v Ladbrokes PDF (220.4 KB)
S v Ladbrokes DOCX (40.5 KB)
01/05/2018
W v Crownbet PDF (450.9 KB)
W v Crownbet DOCX (32.7 KB)
10/05/2018
Topbetta - Breach of Licence Conditions PDF (177.0 KB)
Topbetta - Breach of Licence Conditions DOCX (46.0 KB)
14/05/2018
Sportsbet - Remediation of Verification PDF (144.1 KB)
Sportsbet - Remediation of Verification DOCX (47.4 KB)
14/05/2018
U v William Hill Australia PDF (189.1 KB)
U v William Hill Australia DOCX (43.4 KB)
22/06/2018
D v CrownBet PDF (145.0 KB)
D v CrownBet DOCX (45.9 KB)
06/12/2018
T v Sportsbet PDF (150.7 KB)
T v Sportsbet DOCX (48.7 KB)
01/05/2018
T v Luxbet PDF (213.7 KB)
T v Luxbet DOCX (50.0 KB)
07/12/2018
P v TopBetta PDF (184.0 KB)
P v TopBetta DOCX (44.8 KB)
06/12/2018
A v Sportsbet PDF (228.3 KB)
A v Sportsbet DOCX (50.5 KB)
02/11/2018
Remediation of Verification Issue (Sportsbet) PDF (267.9 KB)
Remediation of Verification Issue (Sportsbet) DOCX (43.9 KB)
15/11/2017
M v Betfair PDF (226.7 KB)
M v Betfair DOCX (54.2 KB)
02/11/2018
L v William Hill PDF (195.5 KB)
L v William Hill DOCX (44.8 KB)
25/10/2018
Mr F v Luxbet Pty Ltd PDF (47.4 KB)
Mr F v Luxbet Pty Ltd DOCX (52.3 KB)
04/02/2011
Various v Sportingbet.com Australia Pty Ltd PDF (45.0 KB)
Various v Sportingbet.com Australia Pty Ltd DOCX (47.2 KB)
13/03/2013
Mr S Brunker v bet365 PDF (118.0 KB)
Mr S Brunker v bet365 DOCX (78.0 KB)
12/06/2013
Minimum Bet Rule PDF (20.7 KB)
Minimum Bet Rule DOCX (39.0 KB)
15/08/2013
Mr R v Tom Waterhouse Pty Ltd PDF (41.2 KB)
Mr R v Tom Waterhouse Pty Ltd DOCX (47.1 KB)
17/02/2014
Mr D v Betchoice PDF (224.0 KB)
Mr D v Betchoice DOCX (48.4 KB)
02/04/2014
Mr C v Tom Waterhouse PDF (174.1 KB)
Mr C v Tom Waterhouse DOCX (46.4 KB)
02/04/2014
Mr B v Sportingbet PDF (269.3 KB)
Mr B v Sportingbet DOCX (65.4 KB)
22/04/2014
Mr P v Centrebet PDF (206.4 KB)
Mr P v Centrebet DOCX (47.5 KB)
28/04/2014
Mr E v Betezy PDF (221.5 KB)
Mr E v Betezy DOCX (58.2 KB)
22/08/2014
Mr I v Sportingbet Australia PDF (328.4 KB)
Mr I v Sportingbet Australia DOCX (51.1 KB)
22/08/2014
Mr R v Bet365 PDF (614.7 KB)
Mr R v Bet365 DOCX (36.3 KB)
11/02/2016
Mr L vs IASbet.com PDF (62.2 KB)
Mr L vs IASbet.com DOCX (56.0 KB)
13/02/2013
Mr A v Sportingbet.com Australia Pty Ltd PDF (33.0 KB)
Mr A v Sportingbet.com Australia Pty Ltd DOCX (44.4 KB)
15/02/2013
Mr D v Betezy Pty Ltd PDF (38.6 KB)
Mr D v Betezy Pty Ltd DOCX (48.4 KB)
24/03/2011
Mr S v Luxbet Pty Ltd PDF (22.9 KB)
Mr S v Luxbet Pty Ltd DOCX (43.9 KB)
01/03/2011
Ms S v Luxbet Pty Ltd PDF (19.1 KB)
Ms S v Luxbet Pty Ltd DOCX (39.5 KB)
03/03/2011
Mr M v Betstar PDF (31.0 KB)
Mr M v Betstar DOCX (43.0 KB)
22/06/2011
Mr Z v Sportsbet Pty Ltd PDF (26.2 KB)
Mr Z v Sportsbet Pty Ltd DOCX (48.2 KB)
29/07/2011
Betezy Pty Ltd PDF (23.5 KB)
Betezy Pty Ltd DOCX (44.8 KB)
22/08/2011
Mr R v Betezy Pty Ltd PDF (31.0 KB)
Mr R v Betezy Pty Ltd DOCX (45.1 KB)
04/08/2011
Mr J v Betstar PDF (30.5 KB)
Mr J v Betstar DOCX (48.0 KB)
15/09/2011
Mr F v Mybetshop PDF (40.0 KB)
Mr F v Mybetshop DOCX (47.0 KB)
06/01/2012
Betezy Pty Ltd PDF (105.0 KB)
Betezy Pty Ltd DOCX (73.7 KB)
02/07/2012
Mr L v Sportsbet Pty Ltd PDF (28.3 KB)
Mr L v Sportsbet Pty Ltd DOCX (42.3 KB)
12/12/2012
Mr X v Bet365 PDF (195.1 KB)
Mr X v Bet365 DOCX (32.9 KB)
15/03/2016
Mr H v Sportingbet Australia Pty Ltd PDF (21.4 KB)
Mr H v Sportingbet Australia Pty Ltd DOCX (41.5 KB)
23/12/2010
Mr P v Ladbrokes PDF (304.5 KB)
Mr P v Ladbrokes DOCX (40.4 KB)
11/04/2018
Mr D v Betfair PDF (108.3 KB)
Mr D v Betfair DOCX (27.9 KB)
30/01/2018
Mr O v Ladbrokes PDF (240.0 KB)
Mr O v Ladbrokes DOCX (43.5 KB)
15/11/2017
Mr R v William Hill PDF (140.0 KB)
Mr R v William Hill DOCX (28.5 KB)
30/01/2018
Mr S v Pointsbet PDF (148.4 KB)
Mr S v Pointsbet DOCX (44.1 KB)
29/11/2017
Revised Remediation of Verification Issue (Sportsbet) PDF (213.5 KB)
Revised Remediation of Verification Issue (Sportsbet) DOCX (25.9 KB)
31/01/2018
Mr B v Pointsbet PDF (133.4 KB)
Mr B v Pointsbet DOCX (27.6 KB)
10/01/2018
Mr W v Pointsbet PDF (734.6 KB)
Mr W v Pointsbet DOCX (30.4 KB)
13/02/2018
William Hill v Mr B PDF (202.0 KB)
William Hill v Mr B DOCX (51.0 KB)
10/04/2018
L v Ladbrokes PDF (215.7 KB)
L v Ladbrokes DOCX (46.4 KB)
01/05/2018
M v Sportsbet PDF (140.1 KB)
M v Sportsbet DOCX (27.2 KB)
05/04/2018
M v Sportsbet PDF (231.1 KB)
M v Sportsbet DOCX (51.4 KB)
30/04/2018
Potential Breaches of Licence Conditions (Betfair) PDF (377.7 KB)
Potential Breaches of Licence Conditions (Betfair) DOCX (26.2 KB)
16/08/2017
Mr S v Luxbet PDF (859.8 KB)
Mr S v Luxbet DOCX (40.5 KB)
19/02/2016
Mr Z v Sportsbet PDF (338.0 KB)
Mr Z v Sportsbet DOCX (42.2 KB)
11/01/2016
Mr P v William Hill PDF (243.8 KB)
Mr P v William Hill DOCX (30.2 KB)
12/10/2016
Mr R and Mr S v William Hill PDF (577.5 KB)
Mr R and Mr S v William Hill DOCX (31.8 KB)
23/08/2016
Mr C v William Hill PDF (103.7 KB)
Mr C v William Hill DOCX (32.9 KB)
31/08/2016
Mr Y v William Hill PDF (456.3 KB)
Mr Y v William Hill DOCX (37.6 KB)
12/10/2016
Mr L v Hillside (Australia) Pty Ltd PDF (736.4 KB)
Mr L v Hillside (Australia) Pty Ltd DOCX (35.2 KB)
16/09/2016
Mr G v Sportsbet PDF (670.8 KB)
Mr G v Sportsbet DOCX (36.5 KB)
18/10/2016
Mr T v Sportsbet PDF (764.7 KB)
Mr T v Sportsbet DOCX (34.7 KB)
31/01/2017
Mr M v Luxbet PDF (284.9 KB)
Mr M v Luxbet DOCX (38.3 KB)
22/12/2016
Mr C v Various PDF (588.7 KB)
Mr C v Various DOCX (34.6 KB)
12/05/2017
Mr D v Unibet PDF (451.7 KB)
Mr D v Unibet DOCX (29.8 KB)
15/08/2017
M v William Hill PDF (144.6 KB)
M v William Hill DOCX (48.8 KB)
03/05/2018

Investigations

Investigation into the Darwin Greyhound Association

The Northern Territory (NT) Racing Commission and the NT Consumer Affairs Commissioner have launched an investigation into the Darwin Greyhound Association.

In the NT greyhound racing is governed by the Racing and Betting Act 1983 and NT Consumer Affairs administers the Associations Act 2003.

The investigation will examine a series of complaints from current and former members and trainers about the operations of the association and greyhound racing.

Please refer to the investigation’s terms of reference.

Darwin Greyhound Association members and industry participants can email information to itt.greyhoundinvestigation@nt.gov.au.

Read the news article investigation into Darwin Greyhound Association.

Appointment of investigator and terms of reference

The Racing Commission (the commission) and the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs (the commissioner) jointly have a regulatory interest in the management and operation of the Darwin Greyhound Association Incorporated (DGA) and seek to conduct an investigation into the affairs of the association. In accord with section 57(1) of the Racing and Betting Act 1983 and section 93 of the Associations Act 2003, the commission and commissioner have jointly determined to appoint an investigator to investigate matters relating to greyhound operations and associations obligations.

Terms of reference

The investigator is in accordance with the principles of procedural fairness:

  1. to investigate whether the DGA is operating their association in accordance with the Associations Act, appropriate governance and business practice and standards, and meeting obligations as set out in their NT Government funding agreement
  2. to investigate whether the DGA is compliant with building / construction, tenancy and other laws in relation to the DGA premises located at 15 Hook Road, Winnellie
  3. to investigate whether the greyhound industry in the NT has sufficient policies and procedures to ensure best practice animal welfare standards are being adhered to
  4. to investigate whether additional policies, procedures or guidelines are required for the DGA to meet their obligations under the Racing and Betting Act
  5. to investigate whether the constitution adequately addresses, and is consistent with, the greyhound rules
  6. to investigate specific claims with regard to a complaint dated 20 August 2018
  7. to note any additional information that may be relevant to the regulation of greyhounds in the NT that is not addressed above
  8. consider all available evidence and document the investigation
  9. where there are contentious facts and a recommendation is made as to which evidence is to be preferred, the reasons for preferring that evidence over other evidence should be clearly set out
  10. to complete a report on the findings of the investigation including any recommendations and directions to the management committee of the DGA.

The investigator should ensure that the investigation is completed and a report provided as soon as is practicable.

Authorisation

The investigator is authorised, as considered necessary for the purpose of the investigation, to:

  1. interview persons he / she considers necessary to carry out the investigation
  2. access records in Licensing NT in relation to the matters relevant to the terms of reference, and
  3. seek any guidance required from time to time from the commissioner or the chairperson of the Racing Commission.

Stephen Gelding
Commissioner, Consumer Affairs

Alastair Shields
Chairperson, NT Racing Commission


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

List last updated: 07 Jun 2021.
No Trading as Company Website Comments
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 Buddybet Buddybet Pty Ltd https://buddybet.com
7 CrossBet Cross Bet Pty Ltd https://www.crossbet.com.au
8 DraftKings DraftKings Australia Pty Ltd https://www.draftkings.com
9 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
10 Lottoland Lottoland Australia Pty Ltd https://www.lottoland.com.au
11 MoneyBall Moneyball Australia Pty Ltd https://moneyball.com.au
12 Neds.com.au Neds.com.au Pty Ltd https://www.neds.com.au
13 PlayOn Tradeplayer Australia Pty Ltd https://playon.co
14 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
15 Picklebet Puntaa Pty Ltd https://www.picklebet.com
16 Plus Connect Plus Connect (NT) Pty Ltd currently not trading
17 PointsBet PointsBet Australia Pty Ltd https://pointsbet.com.au
18 RivalBet Apthletic Australia Pty Ltd https://www.rivalbet.com.au
19 SportChamps SportChamps Australia Pty Ltd https://www.sportchamps.com.au
20 Sportsbet Sportsbet Pty Ltd https://www.sportsbet.com.au
21 Sportsbetting.com.au Sportsbetting.com.au Pty Ltd http://sportsbetting.com.au
22 Swopstakes Swopstakes Australia Pty Ltd https://swopstakes.com
23 TopBetta TopBetta Pty Ltd https://www.topbetta.com.au
24 Ubet NT Ubet NT Pty Ltd https://www.tab.com.au Licensed by the Director of Totalisator Licensing and Regulation
25 Unibet Betchoice Corporation Pty Ltd https://www.unibet.com.au
26 World Lottery Club Annexio Australia Pty Ltd https://www.worldlotteryclub.com.au currently not trading

Definitions

This page outlines the Racing Commission's definition of selected gambling terms. 

Betting exchange

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.

Novelty bet

A novelty bet is one that differs from the staple kinds of bets: one that may be new, innovative, unusual and sensible but is not offensive, distasteful, unsavoury or causes affront to normal public standards.

A novelty bet must be in respect of an outcome that is certain and one that can be independently verified.


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.


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