Ticket scalping laws are changing

Under the new laws it will be illegal for anyone to re-sell tickets or advertise the re-sale of tickets at a price that is more than 110% of the original ticket price.

The new laws also create an offence for anyone to use ‘ticket bots’ or other software to purchase tickets to an event. Further information is provided in the background section below.

Consultation on the Regulations

The Government has sought feedback from business and consumers on:

  • The number of tickets that can be sold in one transaction.
  • Events that may be excluded from the new laws.
  • Ticket re-sellers recouping the administrative or transaction costs associated with the original ticket purchase.
  • Software or ‘bots’ used to purchase tickets.

Consultation closed on 20 July 2018. The feedback received will be considered when the regulations are drafted.

Background

New reforms have been introduced into Parliament that aim to increase consumer protections around ticket scalping for a range of popular sporting and entertainment events in South Australia.

The Fair Trading (Ticket Scalping) Amendment Bill 2018 has been introduced into Parliament and is available to view at www.legislation.sa.gov.au