Ticket Scalping Crackdown With $483,000 Fine
Big penalties for people reselling AFL tickets for inflated prices.
The Victorian Government has cracked down on ticket scalpers ahead of the 2018 AFL Final Series and 2019 ANZAC Day clash, introducing the toughest ticket resale laws in the country.
Both events have been made 'declared ticketed major events' under the amended Major Events Act 2009.
Under the ruling it will be an offence to advertise or resell tickets for more than 10 per cent above the face value of the purchase price, with scalpers to face a fine of up to $483,500.
The move is to give genuine event-goers a 'fair-go' when purchasing tickets for the matches.
Acting Minister for Tourism and Major Events Philip Dalidakis said the legislation sent a "clear message" to ticket scalpers that their actions will not be tolerated.
“Footy fans are fed up with ticket scalpers preventing them from attending their team’s finals, but we’re determined to ensure as many fans as possible get the chance to attend these blockbuster matches," he said.
On Tuesday, ticket resale laws came into effect in NSW under an amendment to the Fair Trading Act 1987.
If scalpers are caught selling tickets for over the 10 per cent limit, they could face fines of up to $110,000.
The amendment also outlaws the use of bots -- software that allows scalpers to buy large amounts of tickets before anyone else.
QLD has had ticket scalping laws since 2006, and also abides by the 10 per cent rule.
However their punishment is much more lenient than other states, with scalpers facing fines of up to $2523.