I've wanted to run a raffle at 1 Fit Mutt for a while, but I'm having some trouble finding out all of the legal aspects of this. I heard that I need some sort of a permit to legally run a raffle in WA, but I've also read that this only applies if my prizes or takings are over $10,000, which they wouldn't be.
Basically the raffle would be entered online via 1 Fit Mutt and all proceeds would be going to the Swan River Animal Haven, which is a no-kill refuge for dogs in Western Australia, or another non-profit dog related cause in WA (I'll research more rescues etc, right now I just have my eyes on SRAH specifically). The winner of the raffle would get some dog-related literature. I'm also hoping to maybe be able to find a couple of sponsors to donate some more prizes, but not counting on this just yet and the prizes would definitely not be worth $10,000. I was hoping to be able to run a raffle every few months, each time sponsoring a different dog-related cause somewhere in Australia.
With the number of members we have here who are involved in rescue etc, I was hoping maybe some of you guys would have had some experience in running raffles for charity and can fill me in on some of the legal stuff? I've tried contacting the Department of Gaming several times both over email and over the phone, but nobody ever gets back to me! I've also looked online and haven't been able to find any solid information. I found something saying that charity raffles don't need a special license, but something on the same page contradicted that statement so I'm just a little lost.