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The Australian state's latest budget, delivered on 1 May, gives new 'ticketing officers' the power to seize tickets which have been illegally touted
By Jon Chapple on 08 May 2018
The latest state budget in Victoria, Australia, includes funding for ‘authorised ticketing officers’ with powers to seize tickets illegally resold for designated events.
For-profit (+10% of face value) ticket resale is illegal in the state of Victoria – Australia’s second most-populous, which includes the cities of Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat – for certain ‘declared major events’, such as large sporting fixtures. Those who violate the law can be fined up to A$475,000 (US$354,000).
While the Major Sporting Events Act 2009 originally applied only to a select few major sports matches, the Victoria government says it will “expand the number of declared major events […] to prevent ticket scalping”, including non-sporting events such as music and live entertainment.
The officers – dubbed ‘ticket cops’ – will patrol major events, targeting those touting tickets near the gates, as well as online on Viagogo and classifieds site Gumtree, according to the Melbourne Age.
According to the 2009 act, the ticket cops can be either regular police officers or private security guards licensed under the Private Security Act 2004.
The Victorian government announced last November it planned to extend the legislation to include concerts. Sports minister John Eren (pictured) said the proposals would “give fans of all types a fairer go and bring even more events to Victoria”.
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