About gambling and racing in the NT

Any activity in the Northern Territory (NT) which involves betting or gambling is governed by laws, regulations and licences.

This includes all of the following industries and activities:

There are also codes of practice aimed at minimising potential harm to individuals and the community from problem gambling.

Read more about the codes of practice for responsible gambling in the NT.

Read more about gambling industry licences.

NT totalisator

All on-course and on-premises betting in the NT operates under a single totalisator licence.

The 20-year licence was awarded to UBET NT - part of the Tatts Group - in 2015.

Read more about the NT totalisator, how it operates and the laws and regulations that control it.

Horse and greyhound racing

Thoroughbred and greyhound racing make up the racing sector in the NT.

Horse racing

Thoroughbred Racing NT is the main horse race club.

Races are held at Fannie Bay racecourse in Darwin, Pioneer Park racecourse in Alice Springs and country tracks at Adelaide River, Pine Creek, Katherine and Tennant Creek.

About 70 meetings are held in Darwin and Alice Springs each year. There is usually one meeting a year at the country tracks.

Greyhound racing

The Darwin Greyhound Association is responsible for greyhound racing.

The only greyhound racing track is at Winnellie Park in Darwin. Meetings are usually held every Friday evening.

UBET facilities are available at the major thoroughbred race tracks and the greyhound race track.

Gambling laws

The following laws, regulations and standards apply to gambling and betting in the NT.

NT gaming laws and regulations

The Gaming Control Act and the Gaming Machine Act, along with associated regulations, govern all gaming and gambling in the Northern Territory. Read about these laws and regulations in the following table.

​Gaming acts ​Gaming regulations / rules
Gaming Control Act

Gaming Control (Community Gaming) Regulations
Gaming Control (Gaming Machines) Regulations
Gaming Control (Internet Gaming) Regulations
Gaming Control (Licensing) Regulations
Gaming Control (Reviewable Decisions) Regulations
Gaming Control (Taxes And Levies) Regulations

Gaming Machine ActGaming Machine Regulations
Gaming Machines Rules

NT racing and betting laws and regulations

All racing and betting in the NT is governed by the laws and regulations listed below.

Racing and betting acts​ ​Racing and betting regulations / rules
Racing and Betting Act​ Racing and Betting Regulations
Unlawful Betting Act

Australian laws

Interactive Gambling Act

Financial Transaction Records Act

Australian / New Zealand standards for gaming machines

Gaming Machine National Standards - for a copy of the latest version contact Licensing NT.

Northern Territory Gaming Equipment Approval Process & Appendix to the Australian / New Zealand Gaming Machine National Standards (123.4 kb)
Northern Territory Gaming Equipment Approval Process & Appendix to the Australian / New Zealand Gaming Machine National Standards (353.6 kb)

Last updated: 13 October 2017