Bookmaker's Manager Licence

Lodgement guides for an application for a Bookmaker's Manager Licence.

Under the licensing and approval provisions of the Betting Control Act 1954, a partnership or a body corporate that holds a bookmakers licence must appoint a licensed bookmaker’s manager.

A bookmaker’s manager licence can only be granted to a natural person. In determining the grant of a bookmaker’s manager’s licence, the Gaming and Wagering Commission must be satisfied that the applicant:

  • is over 18 years of age;
  • has knowledge of the business of bookmaking and the obligations of a bookmaker under the act; and
  • is fit and proper and that no circumstances exist to make it undesirable to grant a licence.

A bookmaker’s manager licence is renewable and valid for a period of five (5) years or until it is surrendered or suspended/cancelled by the Commission under prescribed disciplinary powers. The grant of a bookmaker’s manager licence entitles the holder to generally undertake employment in that capacity with a bookmaker that is a partnership or body corporate for the purposes of carrying on the business of the bookmaker. However, a person licensed as bookmaker’s manager may only be appointed as such by one bookmaker at any one time.

General information

  • In addition to the licence issued by the Gaming and Wagering Commission, a bookmaker’s manager is also required to obtain authorisation from the relevant racing code controlling authority.
  • In the event that a person ceases to be a licensed manager of a bookmaker, it is incumbent on that person to advise the Commissionwithin seven (7) days of so ceasing. Failure to comply with this requirement is an offence under the Act.
  • It is the responsibility of an employee of a government department, intending to apply for a bookmaker’s manager licence, to obtain consent from the departmental head to undertake employment as a bookmaker’s manager.

Application fees

The application fee must be lodged with the application. Please refer to the fee schedule below. Please note that the application cannot be examined until the fee is received. Generally, the application fee is not refundable, even if the application is refused or withdrawn.

Fee description Fee
Bookmaker's employee licence/renewal
Bookmaker's manager licence$178.50
Renewal of bookmaker's manager licence$95
Approval to become a member of a partnership that holds a bookmaker's licence$113.50
Approval to occupy a position of authority in a body corporate that holds a bookmaker's licence$113.50

Application requirements

When lodging an application for a bookmakers’ licence the following information is to accompany the application:


Submitting your application

Ensure all required documentation is attached to your application.

In person

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

Level 2, Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William Street Perth WA 6000

By email

Ensure all documentation is attached to your email.

By post

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

PO Box 8349
Perth Business Centre
WA 6849

Page reviewed 30 July 2019